Meal Time Kitchen Community Kitchen

Starting Points Partners with Local Business to Raise Awareness for Hunger

During September the Starting Points Family Support Center will be partnering with local Berkeley Springs restaurants to raise awareness about hunger in Morgan County. This year’s Dining Out for Hunger event partners include The Country Inn, The Canary Grill and Charlottes Café where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the Starting Points Meal Time Community Kitchen. Starting Points Executive Director, Audrey Morris said she is grateful for the community support to feed the hungry in Morgan County, especially as food costs have risen significantly this year impacting many families trying to stretch their budgets.

The Meal Time Kitchen Community Kitchen serves hot nutritious meals to community members in need three days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm at Morgan County Starting Points, 106 Sand Mine Road. There is no charge and donations are welcome. Participants who depend on meals also receive additional boxes of food and supplies to take home. Morris said The Meal Time Kitchen is a collaborative community project with over 85 volunteers from faith, business and service organizations coming together to cook and serve meals. The Kitchen also receives donations of food and produce from the Mountaineer Food Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, Food Lion, the Farmer’s Market, churches, businesses and individuals in the community. Empty Bowls, the signature fundraiser for the Meal Time Kitchen, will be held on September 22 at the American Legion at 5pm.

Morris wants the community to know they can participate in the Dining Out for Hunger event by patronizing The Canary Grill on Wednesday September 6 from 11am to 4pm and Wednesday September 13 from 4 to 8pm; The Country Inn on Thursday September 21 from 2pm to close; and Charlotte’s Café on Monday September 11 and Friday September 15 from 8am to 4pm. Since the pandemic, there is an increased need for individuals to volunteer time in the kitchen as well as donations to cover costs. For more information about how you or your community organization can help, contact Audrey Morris at 304-258-5600.