On Monday, January 16th, 2017, hundreds of volunteers came together to package meals for Unite Against Hunger in Southwest Minnesota. Additional support is being provided for this initiative by the Redwood County United Way and the Kiwanis Club of Granite Falls. Our goal is to help food insecure individuals and families in Southwest Minnesota through food packaging and distribution of 60,000 meals. Hundreds of volunteers came from local area high schools, Redwood Falls United Way, SMSU in Marshall, Granite Falls, Morgan, Tracy and many other surrounding communities.
We serve people living in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood Counties in Minnesota. All meals packaged in Marshall will be distributed free of charge to food shelves and local programs throughout the service area mentioned above.
From the Inside
Being a part of Unite Against Hunger was not only fun but also rewarding. When I walked in, I was treated with kindness while they got me prepared. Everyone wore a hair net and an apron while working with the food. Once we got a quick training session on how to package the pasta we were on our way. While on the food packaging line we would yell “perfect bag” if we had a bag that was the perfect weight that didn’t need any extra attention. After gathering 36 bags of pasta meals we had a full box. Our line yelled out loud “we got what you want, we got a full box”! Other lines would just yell “full box”. It was just a lot fun to see how much enjoyment everyone was having volunteering on the lines. After all of the boxes were filled we were finished with our work. The loaders would finish labeling the boxes and put them in the truck.
How can you be a volunteer?
The United Way has many different opportunities during the year that may require volunteers. Check with your local United Way to see how you can join in and be a part of helping your friends and neighbors in need. Visit United Way Get Involved to get started volunteering today.
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