The annual United Way of Western Nebraska Day of Caring event was taking place Thursday morning with a food packaging event at the Harms Advanced Technology Center in Scottsbluff.
200 community volunteers were assembling 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified Mac-n-Cheese and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal food products that will be distributed through local programs serving food insecure families.
Volunteers were working in stations of 10 people each in an assembly line manner. Bulk food products were being measured, weighed, funneled into packages, sealed, labeled and boxed for delivery.
After the event, the food will be delivered, with the help of UPS employees, to local food pantries, school backpack programs, soup kitchens and other programs working to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in our communities.
Executive Director Steph Black said this was a unique opportunity to help out, because money raised for this project is done through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to effect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts.