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75,000 meals packaged for those facing hunger in Erie County

75,000 meals for families facing hunger in Erie County – that is how United Way of Erie County plans to kick off its 2016 workplace giving campaign thanks to event sponsor Curtze Food Service. Hunger is an issue affecting every size community today, both locally and nationally. In Erie County, one in three people seek out food pantries, soup kitchens and other meal programs. United Way remains committed to providing a safety net of service for those who need help today while working hard to change conditions in the Erie community so more families can become self-sufficient.

More than 300 volunteers are expected to help package the 75,000 meals in just two hours at the organization’s Campaign Kick Off Meal Pack-A-Thon event happening Thursday, September 1 at the Zem-Zem Shrine Club, 2525 West 38th Street.

Volunteers will be attending the event in corporate teams and will take on different roles to assemble and box up nutritionally balanced macaroni & cheese meal packages which will be loaded on to the Second Harvest Food Bank truck and donated to help feed 1 in 4 people facing hunger in Erie County.

This event is “sold-out.” All available volunteer spots have been reserved since mid-July.

The food packaging system was created by Outreach, an organization that provides hunger relief internationally and in the United States.