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Empty Bowls fundraiser to focus on hunger in Morgan County

November 16, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The third annual Empty Bowls Benefit to bring awareness to hunger and homelessness will be Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Berkeley Springs High School.

Audrey Morris, director of Morgan County Starting Points, told the Morgan County Commission on Thursday that Starting Points Meal Time Community Kitchen and local organizations that have food pantries are feeding many new families.

"The need has grown in the county. Newcomers are participating because of the economic change," she said.

The Starting Points Meal Time Community Kitchen, which serves meals three times a week, has served about 14,000 meals so far this year -- a 100 percent increase since the program began in 2006, said board member Lexa VanDoren Kirk.

VanDoren Kirk said the proceeds from the Empty Bowls benefit will help the Community Kitchen; the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, which provides food for children; and Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future, a transitional housing program for Morgan County victims of domestic violence.

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Event participants will have a meal of soup, bread and a drink, and they can choose a bowl for $5 to $20, VanDoren Kirk said.

More than 200 bowls have been made by local artists and community members. Frog Valley Artisans has assisted community members by "firing" their bowls, she said.

The commissioners voted unanimously to designate Nov. 15 to 21, 2009, as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Morgan County.

 

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