Every day, millions of people look to United Way for lasting solutions to local problems.
We are a vehicle for volunteers, donors, and advocates who seek to change lives and communities. United Way doesn’t focus on just one issue; we fight for the basic needs, health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We go after our community’s toughest challenges, creating new solutions to old problems. And we work with people from all walks of life to turn those solutions into action.
One of the toughest challenges we’re fighting in our community is hunger. As we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, we continue to face an increase in the number of families facing food insecurity. Now more than ever, it is incumbent upon each of us to help.
Locally, dozens of social service agencies, churches, community groups and the foodbank have been working tirelessly to serve the needs of Central Illinois. This past Saturday, United Way volunteers collected more than 1,800 pounds of food donations as part of it’s Days of Action. Saturday’s food drive will help keep our local MicroPantries stocked in the days and weeks ahead. Yet, even as a food drive was occurring on one side of town, a food distribution event was occurring in another part of our community.
September is traditionally Hunger Action Month, a time to raise awareness and take action against food insecurity in our community. As we approach the end of the month, a generous donor has committed $5,000 in matching funds to help support United Way’s Basic Need programs providing emergency food.
Today, through October 10th, you can double your impact with every gift. Last year, United Way programs provided more than 400,000 meals to families in our community. Imagine, that’s nearly 1,100 meals each and every day. Help us support these life saving programs with you gift. Whether its $5 or $500, every gift makes a difference.