United Way seeks help to feed kids

The Fulton County United Way is stepping up to make a difference to food-insecure kids and families in Fulton County by raising funds to hold an Outreach Food Packaging Event. The agency is looking for support of individuals, businesses, and other organizations in the area.

According to the most recent Fulton County Health Assessment, 24 percent of youth reported that they went to bed hungry because they didn’t have enough food to eat at least one night per week. Three percent of youth reported going to bed hungry every night. This leads to many who are food-insecure, meaning they often lack the security of where their next meal is coming from.

“When we heard about this program to package a nutritious meal, we knew it was the perfect way for our organization to lead this food relief effort,” said Tante Lovins, Resource Development and Community Engagement Coordinator at United Way. “This is a unique assembly line process, and is an excellent opportunity to engage the community in helping others. It is not only a fun way to work together, but it will have an immediate positive impact on our community. All of these meals will stay right here in Fulton County and help our neighbors.”

As part of its first annual Day of Caring, United Way will bring together volunteers to package 5,000 Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal meal kits, which will provide breakfast for 30,000 individuals in Fulton County. All of the funds raised for this project will go directly to the cost of the ingredients and supplies necessary for packaging the meals. Volunteers from the community will package the meals which will be distributed to United Way-funded food pantries and food security programs in Fulton County school districts.

United Way is seeking support through corporate and individual donations. There are two ways to make a tax-deductible donation: cash or check. Send checks to: United Way of Fulton County, 604 S. Shoop Ave. Suite 122, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 or pay online at www.unitedwayfultoncountyoh.org.

For more information, call United Way at 419-337-9606.