If you’re looking for a fun but meaningful volunteer event for your family, business, church, or civic organization, join United Way for a Day of Caring as they bring together community members to package 50,000 meals to stock local food pantries.
United Way is looking for 100 volunteers on Wednesday, October 15, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm to assemble nutritionally balanced macaroni and cheese meals at the West Woods Geauga Park in Newbury. The raw materials will be provided by Outreach, Inc., an organization that provides safe water, food, medical care, and education to children and those in need at home and abroad.
“This is going to be a great community day of volunteering,” says Kimm Leininger, Executive Director at United Way. “We wanted to host an event that brings community members, businesses, civic organizations, churches, and schools together to help our most needy residents. It’s a great way to supply our Geauga Hunger Task food pantries while spotlighting the fact that we do have food insecure families in Geauga, though they may be more hidden than in other places.”
Food insecurity is defined as not knowing where the next meal is coming from; either not being able to buy food, or not having access to food. The Geauga Hunger Task Force served 4,256 families in 2013, up from 1,030 in 2003. The biggest increase has been seen in the senior population. The Geauga Hunger Task Force relies on donations from residents, but this event will provide a great staple that can be used when pantry shelves run low. Sign up online or contact Joann Randall, email@example.com@uws.org.