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Volunteers packed thousands of summer meals for Mohawk Valley students

During the school year, many students receive free and reduced lunch and breakfast.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 2:06 PM

MARCY, N.Y. -- Local United Way volunteers packed 35,000 meals at SUNY Poly. The meals will be donated to food pantries in Oneida and Herkimer counties.

During the school year, many students receive free and reduced lunch and breakfast. Over summer break, families sometimes struggle to put food on the table.

“We pull together all of our volunteers, we partner with meals of hope, who provides oatmeal and mac and cheese, and we box those up and we distribute those to area food pantries,” said Erin Matt, CEO of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica area.

This is the third year for this particular day of action. ConMed, Excellus and Blue Cross Blue Shield all sent volunteers to help.

The meals will be handed out by local food pantries throughout the summer months.

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