Loaded Potatoes in the Mountaineer Food Bank Truck

The teaming of Empty Bowls Monongalia along with Cheat Lake and Buckhannon Rotary Clubs working with the Davis Farm in Masontown, WV resulted in 8000 lbs of potatoes being donated to the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway , WV. These potatoes will be distributed to feeding programs and pantries throughout the State of West Virginia. This is a perfect example of network coordination  between four great organizations resulting in 4 tons of potatoes from the Davis Farm being donated to feeding food insecure children and neighbors in our very own communities. Thanks to the folks at the Davis Farm for their generous contribution and Chad Morrison of the Food Bank for transporting the potatoes.

Pictured are Empty Bowls Monongalia Board Members Tammy and Mike Miller, Cheat Lake Rotarians Dan Miller (bright green shirt) and Mike Mosser (also an Empty Bowls Monongalia Board Member), Cheryl Prichard, and Kathy Powell (Empty Bowls Monongalia Board Members), and Jody Light Buckhannon Rotary Club (not pictured).
Pictured are Empty Bowls Monongalia Board Members Tammy and Mike Miller, Cheat Lake Rotarians Dan Miller (bright green shirt) and Mike Mosser (also an Empty Bowls Monongalia Board Member), Cheryl Prichard, and Kathy Powell (Empty Bowls Monongalia Board Members), and Jody Light Buckhannon Rotary Club (not pictured).
The loading pallets of potatoes into the Mountaineer Food Bank truck.
The loading pallets of potatoes into the Mountaineer Food Bank truck.



Matching grant would help Empty Bowls feed the area’s hungry

Empty Bowls Monongalia has been offered $4,000 in matching funds for its Empty Bowls Endowment Fund, managed by Your Community Foundation (YCF).

        The funds will be donated by First United Bank & Trust and other private donors provided that YCF can acquire a matching amount of contributions from the community. Together, the matching grants will be used to build the endowment fund that helps to feed the hungry in Monongalia County.

        “We’re thrilled that First United Bank has extended this offer to contribute to Empty Bowls, an organization that has done exceptional work in our community since 2007,” said Beth Fuller, president of YCF. “We’re calling on other generous individuals in the area to help us raise our matching share and continue to support an organization that improves the quality of life in Monongalia County.”

        Empty Bowls Monongalia established its endowment fund with YCF in January to help with its hunger relief projects in the county, and to raise public awareness of food security and related issues, according to Corey Farris, chairman of the Empty Bowls Board of Directors.

        “We will continue to hold our annual luncheon to address immediate needs within the county,” Farris said. “In addition we will seek donations that will enable us to accept this generous matching grant from First United Bank and other private donors.”

        Empty Bowls has maintained a ‘pass-through’ fund with YCF since 2008 in which money raised by the organization goes directly to hunger relief programs. The endowment fund was established to provide a vehicle for additional donations “as well as to open up new donors who wish to support our mission,” Farris said.

        Money contributed to the endowment fund is invested to increase its value, with net income used to make the yearly grants, Fuller said. “This endowment fund will help Empty Bowls continue to feed people year after year as an extension of the annual event,” she said.

        Empty Bowls is an independently organized worldwide project established by the nonprofit group Imagine/Render to support organizations that combat hunger and promote awareness about local hunger issues. Since its beginning as a high school arts project in Michigan in 1990, Empty Bowls events have raised millions of dollars toward ending hunger.

        “The basic premise of an Empty Bowls event is simple,” Farris said. “Guests are served soup in a handmade ceramic bowl in exchange for a cash donation to fight hunger. They are asked to keep their bowl as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty, and to remind them that they have helped to alleviate hunger in the past and can continue to do so in the future.”

        Since its first event in Morgantown in 2007, Empty Bowls has since raised more than $180,000 – and in 2013 $65,200 was distributed to 18 local food pantries and feeding programs.

YCF is a charitable, non-profit organization that encourages, develops and manages endowment funds and uses the net proceeds to support a long list of community programs and scholarships. The foundation manages assets and pledged assets of approximately $9 million and administers more than 150 separate funds.

        Information about YCF and a description of its endowment funds is available at www.ycfwv.org or by calling (304) 296-3433.


Creating bowls for Empty Bowls at Zenclay

As a new venture, the Zenclay Studio staff will be offering an opportunity for adult or young adult non-potters to try their hands at making slab or coil molded bowls.  Although the bowls will be formed, textured and trimmed by the participants, the glazing will be done by the studio staff.

These classes will require three hours of your time – two hours of forming and shaping which will be held on a Friday from 6:30 PM  to 8:30 PM, and then an hour of trimming on that Saturday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

For the price of $20.00, each participant will be able to make up to four stoneware ceramic bowls of different proportions and sizes.  These will be donated to the Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon that takes place on Saturday, February 22 at Mylan Park Community Center.

The following dates are currently available:

Class 1.  –Friday, Oct. 25 (6:30-8:30) & Saturday, Oct. 26 (4:00-5:00)

Class 2. – Friday, Nov. 1 (6:30-8:30) & Saturday Nov. 2 (4:00-5:00)

Class 3. – Friday, Nov 15 (6:30-8:30) & Saturday, Nov. 16 (4:00-5:00)

Class 4. – Friday, Jan. 10 (6:30-8:30) & Saturday, Jan. 11 (4:00-5:00)

Since each class will involve only 10 participants, please make your reservations early by calling 304-599-7687 and asking for Kurt Teeter or email Zenclay at zenclay@gmail.com .


Tons of Potatos


Yesterday Empty Bowls volunteers picked up 150 bags of potatoes to deliver to food pantries in Mon Cty.  Each bag weighs about 55 pounds.

Potatoes were donated to the food pantries by The Vegetable Garden and Davis Brothers Farm in Masontown, WV.  Empty Bowls volunteers arrived to the farm around4:00PM and assisted farm personnel to load the bags into a dump truck provided by Pat Alexander (Donna, Mike will have info regarding proper name of the company.).

Julie and Jay Mallow own the Vegetable Garden and Debbie and Rob Crawford are farm managers.  Julie and Debbie are sisters and have been farming with their father, Jim Davis, since they were little children.

Debbie told us she recognizes that living on the farm has provided her and her family with a great bounty that she would like to share with others; thus, the donation to the pantries.

Once potatoes were loaded, we took them to the Shack for interim storage.  The area food pantries have been contacted and will pick up potatoes.  Should any pantry require delivery, they should contact Empty Bowls personnel for assistance.


WOW! Sept. Special


The WOW! Factory is offering a Sept. Special (see below). This offer is to facilitate early bowl painting, as bookings greatly increase as the EB event approaches.

September Empty Bowls Special at The WOW! Factory:
Book the Party Room at no charge to paint bowls with friends, clubs, scout troops, civic organizations, etc. Seats 20. Bowls discounted even further to $6/bowl during September!

Call 304-599-2969 to book your group today! Open 12pm-5pm on Sundays.