Empty Bowls Monongalia distributed $140,000 to the following meal programs, food pantries, and backpack feeding programs in June, 2018.
Bartlett House: 1110 University Avenue, 304-292-0101. Estimated meals served annually 39,670.
Bartlett house operates a homeless shelter that serves three meals per week to individuals and families. They also provide food to clients who have moved into their own apartments.
Bartlett House – West Run Facility: 304-292-0101
This program opened in spring of 2015 and has 36 Supportive Housing Units for the most vulnerable homeless population. A cook will be employed to prepare 3 meals a day 7 days per week at the facility. Clients served through this new program are at the greatest risk of dying on the streets or in a shelter.
First Presbyterian Church: 456 Spruce Street, 304-296-8235. Estimated meals served annually 2,350.
In this downtown church, a pancake, eggs, and sausage breakfast is served every Sunday morning free to the community by volunteer teams from the church membership.
Meals on Wheels: 3375 University Avenue, 304-599-1594. Estimated meals served annually 22,165
From a kitchen located in Star City, teams of volunteer drivers deliver a noon meal to home-bound elderly and disabled people in various areas of the county.
Morgantown Community Kitchen: Trinity Church, 247 Willey Street. Estimated meals served annually 18,500.
Based in the Episcopal Church basement in downtown Morgantown, this community soup kitchen provides lunch free to the community on weekdays.
Salvation Army Meal Program: 1224 University Avenue, 304-296-3525. Estimated meals served annually 38,000.
Serves an evening meal daily Monday through Friday.
Sarah’s Table: St John University Parish, 1481 University Avenue, 304-296-8231. Estimated meals served annually 1,965.
The Catholic Churches of the Morgantown community provide a free mid-day meal for the community on each Sunday. It is served at St. John University Parish by teams of volunteers.
The Shack Neighborhood House Family Meals Initiative: 537 Blue Horizon Drive, Pursglove, WV 26546, 304-599-5469. Estimated meals served 2,400.
The Family Meals Initiative is a twice monthly program in which 20 families from The Shack’s after school program are given all the ingredients necessary to make a wholesome meal together. The goal of the program is to encourage families to cook and eat together, talk to each other which supports a range of positive development indicators for children, and to enjoy a healthy meal together. Each meal will include fresh produce, a complete protein and a starch.
RDVIC – Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center: 304-292-5100. Estimated meals served annually 1,500.
Three meals a day seven days a week are served to the client and her family.
NEW THIS YEAR
Milan Puskar Health Right’s Friendship House: 231 Walnut Street, 304-292-8234.
Located in downtown Morgantown, this is a safe and sober place for people in recovery from substance use disorder and/or with a mental health diagnosis to come during the day for groups, socialization, to use computers, receive peer support, and go on field trips.
Canyon Food Pantry: 18 Whipley Lane, 304-594-2143. Estimated number of individuals served annually 1,420.
This small pantry is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canyon. It is staffed by church members, and serves those in need in their neighborhood as well as others who request their assistance.
Caritas House, Inc. Food Pantry: 91 Scott Avenue 304-985-0021. Estimated number of individuals served annually 1,152.
This agency provides resources and support to HIV positive clients living in northern West Virginia. This includes offering food as needed. The agency also provides basic survival supplies, including food, to persons who are living without shelter.
Catholic Charities Wellness Works Food Pantry: 827 Fairmont Road, Suite 203, 304-292-6597. Estimated number of individuals served annually 2,309.
Located in Westover, the Wellness Works Food Pantry provides food support to their clients with an emphasis on healthy, high-quality food (such as fat-free and sodium-free) and special products needed by those with particular health issues.
Christian Help Food Pantry: 219 Walnut Avenue, 304-296-0221. Estimated number of individuals served annually 2,552.
The downtown Morgantown multi-service agency offers free food orders based on the number in the household, giving them a three-day supply. They serve a wide range of clients, including families and homeless clients. They emphasize high-protein foods such as peanut butter, beans, and tuna. Clients are limited to one visit per 60 days. Non-perishables only.
Clay-Battelle Area Family Services: 6061 Mason Dixon Highway, Blacksville, 304-432-7200. Estimated number of individuals served annually 294.
Located in Blacksville, this multi-service agency serves the western end of the county. They utilize the Mountaineer Food Bank and purchase additional products from donations and funds raised from their thrift shop.
Covenant EMC Church Food Pantry: Greenbag Road, 304-292-6050. Estimated number of individuals served annually 3,300.
Located on Greenbag Road near Morgantown, they provided food to clients on the third Saturday of each month. They utilize the Mountaineer Food Bank for non-perishables and occasionally also purchase a truck load of perishable items from the Food Bank.
Arnettsville/ Starting Points Food Pantry: 901 Mylan Lane, 304-278-9973. Estimated number of individuals served annually 792.
This is a family resource program located at Mylan Park for families in the Scotts Run area who have infants and pre-school children. They provide resources and support to promote a healthy start for young children. They provide food as frequently as once per week if needed by their clients.
Native American Community Center, Inc. Food Pantry: 1902 Range Road, Wadestown, 304-662-6496. Estimated number of individuals served annually 2,040.
Located in the western end of the county west of Blacksville, this pantry is associated with the Native-American Community Center in Wadestown. They have a food pantry open the first four Wednesdays of each month that is funded by the proceeds from their large recycling program.
Rock Forge Food Pantry: 3085 Earl Core Road, 304-241-4831. Estimated number of individuals served annually 1,385.
The Presbyterian Church in Rock Forge provides food to those in the Rock Forge area who request food assistance. They utilize the Mountaineer Food Bank as well as local food drives to supply their pantry.
St. Ursula’s Food Pantry: Main Street, Pursglove, 304-599-0822. Estimated number of individuals served annually 3,860.
This Catholic service agency serves families in need in the Osage and Scotts Run area. In particular, it provides assistance to young mothers and their infants by stocking baby food, formulas for those allergic to milk, and other special dietary needs.
Salvation Army Food Pantry: 1264 University Avenue, Morgantown, 26505, 304-296-3525. Estimated number of individuals served annually 2,400.
The Salvation Army Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am to noon to serve individuals and families.
The Pantry Plus Food Pantry: 9 Rousch Drive, Westover, WV 26501, 304-282-1123. Estimated number of individuals served annually 1,000.
The Pantry Plus wants to ensure that no Monongalia County child suffers from food insecurity or hygiene issues of any kind, for any reason through providing food and basic necessities through their schools. Pantry Plus has opened eight pantries stocked with nonperishable foods, hygiene products, school supplies and clothing inside of schools. They have also partnered with the Mountaineer Food Bank to distribute over 250,000 pounds of food directly into the hands of those most in need of their monthly giveaways of fresh produce, meat, and grains.
WEEKEND BACKPACK PROGRAMS
Scotts Run Backpack Feeding Program Scotts Run Settlement House: 15 Ladybug Drive, Osage, 304-599-5020. Estimated number of backpacks distributed during the school year 19,680.
Scotts Run, a multi-function agency located in the Scotts Run area, organizes a weekend feeding program which sends easy to open foods home with students during the school year. The schools served include Clay-Battelle, Cheat Lake Elementary, University High School, Suncrest, Mountainview, Brookhaven, North, Mylan Park, Mason Dixon, Mountaineer Middle, ALC- Mylan Park, ALC- Mountaineer Mall and Westover Annex.
Avery United Methodist Church Snack Pack Program: 1162 Cheat Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 304-594-9030. Estimated number of backpacks distributed during the school year 5,940.
The church provides weekend snack packs to students at Eastwood Elementary.
Woodland United Methodist Church Snack Pack Program: Mileground, Morgantown, WV 26505. Estimated number of backpacks distributed during the school year 1,200.
The church provides snack packs to the students of Eastwood and Cheat Lake Pre-K classes.
To supply their needs, some of the pantries utilize the Mountaineer Food Bank located in Gassaway, WV. From this source, they receive non-perishables and some frozen items. They also receive non-perishables from local community food drives. Each pantry contributes volunteer time to sort and deliver the items donated to their individual pantries. Some also receive donations from local individuals and churches. Depending on their budgets, they also purchase items needed to provide important products that they may be missing from local food drives. Some programs seek additional grants and gifts from the community.
All the pantries report that having cash donations form Empty Bowls Monongalia gives them flexibility to purchase items missing from the random items donated. In particular, perishable items, and special needs items can then be added to the options available to their clients. The cash donations from Empty Bowls Monongalia donations have enhanced their ability to provide a healthy, more varied diet. The cash donations have also minimized the times when the pantry shelves are bare during the summer months.