September 15, 2022 – Washington Co., WI – A successful food packaging event for United Way of Washington County was held Wednesday afternoon at Washington County Fair Park. More than 350 volunteers from local businesses and organizations came together to help fill 60,000 packages of soup and cereal to help those in need.
“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 packed bags of soup and cereal in one of the largest food drives in Washington County history.
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A team from the city of Hartford wearing white hairnets, plastic gloves and red LIVE UNITED shirts spent an hour mixing rolled oats, apples and cinnamon in individual packages. “It’s a great way to give back,” said City Manager Steve Volkert.
There was a buzz 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 up and stacked 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 of 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 that United Way is growing to encompass another generation of volunteers.
“It was just awesome,” Brandner said. “I’m truly grateful and humbled by the response from this community. It’s inspiring!
Centraide’s annual fundraising campaign runs until December 31.
United Way of Washington County offers community members the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer as ways to give back and pay it forward. Funds raised during the campaign will support more than 20 programs aligned with the pillars of education, financial stability and health.
To join Uniting Force for Good by donating online, go to UnitedWayOfWashingtonCounty.org
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