United Way volunteers pack food on Day of Caring

Published 8:38 am Thursday, May 17, 2018

United Way of Davie County held its 2018 Day of Caring event Saturday, April 21 at the Farmington Community Events Center (FCEC).

FCEC, and Melanie Cook, director, donated the space and a tremendous amount of support before and after the event.

“United Way is grateful to CPP Global, for stepping up to be our presenting sponsor this year and to Genesis Bolt & Supply for being our supporting sponsor,” said Melinda Beauchamp, United Way CEO. “This wonderful day of service to our community would not have been possible without these two companies’ financial support. But they also provided the day with 30 wonderful volunteers.”

The newly-renovated FCEC housed more than 150 volunteers from CPP Global, Genesis Bolt and Supply, Rotary Club of Mocksville, Walmart, Corinthian Lodge 17, SunTrust, AccuMED, The Andersons Inc., Redland Pentecostal Church, Cornatzer Elementary, FCEC Board of Directors, The Advocacy Center, Davie High School JROTC and War Eagles students, United Way board members, Church of the Ascension, and DEX Heavy Duty Parts.

Volunteers packed 40,000 meals of fortified apple cinnamon oatmeal given to local organizations that feed hungry families in the community.

Feeding America reports that 11.7 percent of Davie County residents are food insecure. Of those, 35 percent are not eligible for federal food assistance and must turn to local food pantries to fill the gap. Local organizations receiving meals were A Storehouse for Jesus, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at Church of the Ascension, Just Hope, First Baptist Church of Cooleemee Food Pantry, and Backpack Buddies, a program that provides meals for students on weekends, holidays, and summer break.

“The event center was full of rocking music and high energy, hard-working, talking, laughing, volunteers many of whom told United Way how much they enjoyed helping and they want to do it again next year,” Beauchamp said.

United Way worked with Outreach, Inc. to bring this event to Davie County.

“Although the planning and organizing of this type of event is a massive undertaking, it was incredible to see all of these volunteers having such a good time spending their Saturday morning working for the good of others in our community,” Beauchamp said. “Yes, it was a great day.Many thanks to all of you for making our Day of Caring a huge success.”