Sunday afternoon, the Marion County Empty Bowls event was held at the Knights of Columbus.
One out of every four individuals in the state of West Virginia is food-deprived at some point in their life. The Empty Bowls Marion County Event is helping to lower this statistic and eliminate food insecurity in the area.
“We hope to raise awareness about the number of individuals and families that are food-deprived,” said Jone Webb, Executive Director of Connecting Link in Fairmont and Volunteer with Empty Bowls Marion.
Throughout the year community members decorated bowls that would be a part of the Empty Bowls event. The bowls are a reminder that there are people less fortunate and the proceeds will be put to good use in helping this cause of eliminating hunger.
“We have been so fortunate. We have had 700 bowls donated this year. They were handmade, most of which were fired by Mountain Creative, or Joe N’ Throw pottery, Fairmont State University was involved. Even the kids at the catholic school were involved,” said Webb.
Over 500 people attended the event.
“We’re so appreciative of everybody who has come out today and helped support the initiative. You can see the soup line here is just moving right along,” said Brett White, Executive Director of the United Way of Marion County, and volunteer.
Soup and creatively made pottery are not the only part of the Empty Bowls event. Area school children performed and entertained the crowd while they enjoyed their lunch.
“We will put this money to good use in feeding the homeless, feeding the deprived, feeding those with the greatest need within our county,” said Webb.