Funds are raised annually to provide support to 24 agencies serving a food insecure population of over 16,000 residents in Monongalia County, including 2,600 children. These agencies provide hot meals to our hungry friends and neighbors, nutritious groceries to our food pantries, and food-filled weekend backpacks to school children.
Empty Bowls Monongalia is an all-volunteer agency with only one paid employee. We credit the success of Empty Bowls to the dedication of over 700 registered volunteers who contribute their time and efforts year round. Some volunteers serve as members of the Board of Directors and in other leadership positions. The volunteers plan community fundraising events, sell tickets, develop logistics for our annual soup and bread luncheon, implement public relations activities, solicit donations of food and ceramic bowls, secure in-kind donations and supplies for our operations, and serve as office assistants and accountants.
Our Agency Liaison Committee visits each participating agency at least once a year in order to understand its programs and needs. The committee distributes agency funding applications, reviews the requests, and makes allocation recommendations to the Board based upon available funds.
Empty Bowls is lucky to have the support of both businesses and individual donors. Please support the businesses who support us!
Empty Bowls is grateful for the generous support of our corporate sponsors who encourage our work by providing a high level of much needed funding.
The members of the Monongalia County community, both business and private, who donate to our organization are the lifeblood of our mission. Without their generosity, our partner agencies would be unable to provide necessary services to the local community.
Grants received from Foundations are key to the initiatives we identify. We thank them for their consideration and support of our applications