Hundreds of volunteers filled the Martin County Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 29 for United Way of Martin County's Day of Caring, packaging meals for Martin County students in need.
In less than two hours, the volunteers packaged more than 6,000 meals for the backpack and school pantry program.
"Nearly half of the students in Martin County receive free and reduced meals at schools. For some, this is the only access they have to nutritious meals," said ____. "At the Day of Caring, volunteers assembled packages of food that will be slipped into backpacks on Friday afternoons and sent home with Martin County children who are in need of food over the weekends and during holidays when school meals are not available."
The event marked the kickoff to the annual United Way campaign. Each fall, United Way partners with individuals, local businesses and organizations to raise funds that will help lift our community. This annual campaign provides the support United Way and its affiliated partner agencies need to achieve their goals in the areas of education, financial stability and health.
To learn more or to get involved with the campaign, visit UnitedWayMartin.org.