Food packaging event produces 100,000 meals for local food pantries7Food packaging event produces 100,000 meals for local food pantries

By Indigo Klabanoff

Businesses, service clubs, and community volunteers will gather mid-February for a Valentine’s themed food packaging event. United Way Dixie and SwitchPoint CRC, in partnership with Wal-Mart, are excited to announce the fourth annual community food packaging event. The event has been scheduled for Feb. 13 and will bring volunteers from all walks of life together to fight hunger in Washington County.

Once again hosted by the Dixie State University Student Association, the Food Packaging Event will take place on campus inside the DSU Gardner Center and will engage over 500 volunteers to help package meals for low-income families in need. This single event will produce 100,000 meals that will then be distributed through the Southern Utah Food Bank to local food pantries throughout Washington County.

According to the Utah Food Bank, one in eight Utahns are at risk of missing a meal today, and even more alarming is that one in six Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from. By supporting the food packaging event, we can truly impact the lives of southern Utah residents who live in a world of food insecurity.

Businesses, groups service clubs, and community members are invited to register a 10-person food packaging team or sign-up for one of several other volunteer opportunities that play a role in the success of the event.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a $10 donation or 10 nonperishable food items per person as a way to help add additional nutrition to the packaged meals throughout the year. The current needs include high-protein items such as beans and peanut butter.

Sign your team up today! With your help, together we will help to provide meals to families in need in the Washington County area.

To register a team or to volunteer during the Community Food Packaging Event, please go to dixieserves.org.

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