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United Way of Genesee County “Stock up” food drive launches

United Way held its first meeting to raise awareness about illiteracy.
United Way held its first meeting to raise awareness about illiteracy.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 8:21 PM EDT
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GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) -(06/11/21)-School is out and for many kids in Mid Michigan that means fewer meals each day, but there’s an effort to make sure kids and their families won’t go hungry during this summer months.

“There’s still a need for the pantry so many people are going there, and in summer there, they’re pretty bone dry, so this was a chance for us to kind of tip those scales a little bit this year,” said volunteer coordinator, Diane Woodruff.

It’s why the United Way of Genesee County is taking part in the first ever statewide summer stock up food drive. To help meet the needs of families in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties-- by making sure the pantries in their communities are fully stocked.

“There’s families at home right there’s mom there’s dad there’s multi generational families, there’s grandparents and so on. Stocking up those food pantries are so important, also,” Woodruff said.

Diane Woodruff, volunteer coordinator for the United Way of Genesee County says the summer months can be especially difficult when it comes to donations.

“We just don’t think about it, because it’s not, it’s not the giving, she’s a nice all those campaigns, it isn’t Thanksgiving when we had that big feast and we’re thinking about food, and it isn’t Christmas when we’re thinking about that giving back to our neighbors in the giving spirit,”

Woodruff says normally the United Way is the one distributing the food-- this time-- they are collecting donations.

“This the first time we’ve done really a big multitude throughout the county to collect food. And having a partner like Randy Wise, there’s 7 locations all over the county so that people can easily have a place to drop off,”

The donated food will go to pantries in both Genesee and Shiawassee Counties. And Woodruff says there are other ways to donate as well.

“We’re pretty excited about it because we are getting stuff in and we do have a lot of people that want to just give 10 dollars and they are texting it to us and we’ll do that shopping and make all those pantries in our area that we are partnering with, are full,” Wooddruff said.

For information on on the food drive, including where to drop off donations, click on the link below.

https://www.unitedwaygenesee.org/summer-stock

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