United Way Day of Action

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


United Way volunteers pack more than 50 thousand meals for those in need.More than 250 volunteers packed oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, and more today at the Oxford Civic Center for the United Way Day of Action. They packed bags that can feed six people for a $1.35 per bag. United Way of East Central Alabama hosted the event, and it’s part of the United Way’s United Against Hunger Campaign. United Way President and CEO Shannon Jenkins says he was overwhelmed by the help from the community. United Way is donating the meals to local food banks in Calhoun County, including the Salvation Army’s food bank. The Salvation Army has been facing a food shortage for the past few months. Major Eric Roberts says the food is a big help for the charity and those who use the food bank. The Day of Action was open for volunteers to register in mid-July, and by mid-August, the event was full. The 250 volunteers took about two hours to pack all of the food. The Day of Action kicks off the charity’s 2017-2018 Giving Campaign.


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