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Want to send hunger packing? Here’s how to help

September 10, 2018 GMT

DIXON – The United Way of Lee County is looking for help to package 15,000 meals Thursday for a new event aimed at fighting hunger.

The agency’s annual fundraising campaign will kickoff from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Sauk Valley Community College with the United to End Hunger program.

“Because food insecurity is a concern for our community, it seemed natural to pair the campaign kickoff event with a hunger relief program,” United Way executive director Keri Olson said. “At our new event, volunteers will help package 15,000 meals for local food pantries, churches and other food service programs to distribute throughout our community.”

The truckload of apple cinnamon oatmeal meals will be packaged to serve four people. The meals cost United Way about 25 cents per serving, totaling $3,750.

The organization is hoping to get 150 volunteers, and those interested can register online.

“We welcome everyone to participate, individuals, families, friends, students, civic groups, anyone and everyone,” Olson said. “The more, the merrier.”

Another program geared toward lowering the county’s food insecurity rate, which is about 10.7 percent, is the Serving Up Summer free lunch program, which served 482 meals across 12 weeks this year and 696 meals over 28 days last year.