United Way volunteers prepare 30,000 meals for local families in need

For the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area’s Annual Day of Action, approximately 100 volunteers packed 30,000 meals for local families in need at the YMCA in Mohawk on Wednesday.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 2:37 PM

MOHAWK – For the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area’s Annual Day of Action, approximately 100 volunteers packed 30,000 meals for local families in need at the YMCA in Mohawk on Wednesday.

Summer is a critical time for children’s physical wellbeing. It’s also a time when some children aren’t guaranteed three square meals a day because school is out for the summer. Those meals that aren’t served at school can become an extra financial burden for some families.

The local United Way is packing meals and providing them to low-income families through local food pantries.


"This relationship that we have with our volunteers is really important because like you said, it's a continuous circle, so we are building that fabric in the commuinty," said Erin Matt, CEO of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. "There is something greater than you, and there’s an opportunity to make things better for people who are struggling."

The food will be distributed throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties to basic-needs non-profit organizations.

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