“This event is a great way to help fight hunger in Washington County where 1-in-14 residents received Foodshare benefits last year,” said Kristin Brandner executive director of United Way of Washington County.
For three hours 33 teams representing 22 local organizations packaged bags of soup and cereal in one of the biggest food drives in Washington County history.
A team from the City of Hartford sporting white hairnets, plastic gloves and red LIVE UNITED shirts spent an hour mixing oatmeal, apples and cinnamon into individual packages. “This is a good way to give back,” said City administrator Steve Volkert.
There was a hum in the room as each team at a table fell into a rhythm of efficiency. The sound of cowbells rang out as another box of food was filled, rolled away and stack in a growing tower against the wall.
“We want to give back as a district and as employees because we value that incredibly,” said Phil Ourada with the Slinger School District.
Earlier in the day a team of 58 students from Richfield Middle School helped set up tables and build boxes. A sign United Way is growing to wrap its arms around another generation of volunteers.
“This was just awesome,” said Brandner. “I’m truly grateful and humbled by the response of this community. It’s inspiring!”
The United Way annual fundraising campaign runs through December 31.
United Way of Washington County provides an opportunity for community members to Give, Advocate, and Volunteer as ways to give back and pay it forward. Funds raised during the campaign will support over 20 programs aligned under the pillars of Education, Financial Stability, and Health.
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