It Takes Our Village to Feed the Hungry

Empty Bowls Monongalia (EBM) has been operating for 7 years, with each year realizing marked increases in funds raised to combat food insecurity in Monongalia County. 2014 has seen the largest increase yet, with a total of $77,750 – an impressive $12,550 over last year’s giving. The monies raised were distributed to 21 agencies addressing three different types of need: meal programs, food pantries, and weekend backpack programs. All 18 recipients from 2013 reapplied and 3 new applicants were added in 2014.

Meal Programs:

  • Salvation Army
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Bartlett House
  • Sarah’s Table
  • First Presbyterian Community Breakfast
  • Morgantown Community Kitchen
  • The Shack Neighborhood House Family Meals Initiative

Food Pantries:

  • Wellness Works Catholic Charities
  • Covenant EMC
  • Christian Help
  • St. Ursula’s
  • Clay-Battelle Family Services
  • Caritas House
  • Canyon Presbyterian Food Pantry
  • Rock Forge Presbyterian Food Pantry
  • The Rack-WVU
  • Arnettsville Food Pantry (formerly known as Starting Points)
  • Wadestown Food Pantry

Weekend Backpack Programs:

  • Scotts Run Backpack Program
  • Ridgedale Elementary Weekend Backpack Program
  • Avery United Methodist Church (UMC) Snack Pack Program

Each agency’s need was assessed based on specific criteria including number of people served, funding outside of EBM and information gleaned from onsite visits. The total amount of funds awarded to meal programs for 2014 was $23,000, with funds given to each individual meal program ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. The total amount of funds awarded to food pantries was $43,750, with funds awarded to individual food pantries between $2,000 and $6,000 each. The total amount of funds awarded to weekend backpack programs for 2014 was $11,000, with backpack programs awarded from $3,000 to $5,000 each.

The success of EBM is truly a community-wide endeavor. The tremendous impact, felt by so many, would be impossible without all of the volunteers, local artisans, corporate sponsors, hungry patrons, and the organizations coming together to serve the public.