The Rack, West Virginia University’s campus food bank, was recently awarded a $2,000 grant by the Empty Bowls Monongalia of Morgantown to purchase food for students in need.

The Rack was established in 2010 to help combat food insecurity on campus and is funded solely through grants and donations of cash and goods. The Rack offers food and personal hygiene products and has served thousands of students since 2010.

“The students and staff of the rack certainly appreciate the generous funds from Empty Bowls to allow The Rack to continue to fight hunger issues on campus,” said Jacque Dooley, Student Organizations Services program director.

Empty Bowls Monongalia of Morgantown is a local manifestation of the national Empty Bowls project and strives to organize the efforts of local volunteers, local businesses and local food disbursement services to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. Empty Bowls Monongalia provides support for organizations that combat hunger while also promoting awareness about local hunger issues.

Empty Bowls is an independently organized worldwide project established by the nonprofit Imagine/Render group. Since its beginning as a high school arts project in Michigan in 1990, Empty Bowls events have raised millions of dollars toward ending hunger.

The first Empty Bowls event in Morgantown was held in February 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church. In the summer of 2007, the nonprofit organization Empty Bowls Monongalia was formed. For more information, you can visit

For more information on The Rack, you can contact Dooley at 304-293-4397 or

To make a donation to The Rack, please visit or call 304-293-8944.



CONTACT: Jacque Dooley, Student Organizations Services

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