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Drive through for soup Empty Bowls modifies fundraiser for pandemic needs 

Empty Bowls is moving ahead with its Annual Soup & Bread Luncheon, but due to COVID-19 and the social distancing mandates, it will be a drive-through cold soup pick up format. This way, people can pick up their prepackaged cold soup from the safety of their own vehicles.

The Drive-Thru Soup Luncheon will be  from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Hazel & JW Ruby Community Center, 500 Mylan Park Lane, Chaplin Hill Road. Tickets  are available at Empty Bowls Monongalia’s website and from  local retail partners. The cost of this year’s ticket is $15. There will not be ceramic bowls available this year, and the soups will be handed out in pre-packaged cold containers.

Empty Bowls Monongalia is the only organization in Monongalia County that raises money exclusively for the food insecure population in the county. Each February, Empty Bowls holds a fundraising soup and bread luncheon attracting as many as 2,000 people.  The soups will be provided by local restaurants and catering services.

Al Prichard, president of Empty Bowls Monongalia, talked about an ever growing need to support feeding programs, especially during these uncertain times.

“Each year, Empty Bowls supports two dozen feeding programs in Monongalia County, that includes meal programs, food pantries, school backpack programs,” Prichard said. “This event is instrumental to raising money to support the county’s feeding programs. We appreciate your ongoing support.” 

An online auction supporting Empty Bowls will run concurrently at This auction will feature a quilt made and donated by Country Roads Quilt Shop.

About Empty Bowls 

The grassroots program Empty Bowls began in 1990 by high school teacher John Hartom, his wife, Lisa, and the students of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., as a way to support a food drive. The group decided to make bowls and use them for serving soup as a fundraiser. Each guest kept the empty bowl as a reminder of worldwide hunger.

One year later, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations fighting hunger. 

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