Empty Bowls Monongalia began as a â€œgrass rootsâ€ organization in 2007. The first Empty Bowls luncheon was a small, church-based event where 300 tickets were sold. Since then, our annual February Soup and Bread Luncheon has grown considerably, and we now have many fundraising events throughout the year. More than 2,100 tickets were sold for our 2018 Soup and Bread Luncheon. Empty Bowls Monongalia (EBM) is the only organization in Monongalia County dedicated exclusively to raising money to combat food insecurity. The growth and success of EBM is attributed to the generous and caring citizens in Monongalia County, the organizations EBM supports who directly interact with our food-insecure neighbors, and hundreds of volunteers, all of whom support the EBM mission.