Many in our community are struggling just to put food on the table to feed their families. There were over 1,900 calls to 2-1-1 last year from people needing food, and that number continues to rise. Referrals to local food pantries continue to be the top request through the 2-1-1 Call Center that connects people in need with people who can help.
“This community has a long history of stepping up to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors,” shared Ann Fillmore, United Way of Midland County Executive Director, “Last year our community rallied together to donate 18,500 pounds of food to feed area families.”
RE/MAX of Midland and The Dow Chemical Company are both committed to reaching out to support those in need. They have come together with United Way to sponsor a community-wide food drive to help “Feed the Need” in Midland County. In addition, Dow Corning Corporation and Northwood University will participate again this year.
“Let’s work to ensure that no one in this community goes to bed hungry,” said Wayne Crosby of RE/MAX. “Filling the shelves of our local pantries will make sure that food and household items are available for those who need it most.”
From September 14th – 28th, you are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, personal care and household cleaning items to one of two drop off locations: RE/MAX at 5915 Eastman Avenue or United Way of Midland County at 220 W. Main Street. Donations will be accepted at RE/MAX Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. You can drop items off at United Way Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 28th we’re encouraging everyone to participate in “Super Saturday” at Target from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This one day encourages those already out doing their weekly grocery shopping to consider adding a few items to fill the shelves of local pantries.
The items collected will be distributed by Hidden Harvest to local agencies, pantries and churches to help put food on the table of our friends and neighbors.
For more information, call United Way at (989) 631-3670, or visit online at www.unitedwaymidland.org.