Volunteers Needed for Oct. 26 Inauguration Service Event at UM

October 19, 2018

MISSOULA – United Way of Missoula County and the University of Montana will host University United Food Friday on Oct. 26 – a one-of-a-kind community volunteer event in honor of UM President Seth Bodnar’s service-themed inauguration.

This team-building event is an opportunity to help feed thousands of hungry Missoulians and connect the campus and community.

“This is an exciting, lynchpin event during our inauguration weekend’s ‘Celebration of Service,’” Bodnar said. “We invite UM students, employees, community members and fellow citizens of Montana to participate and benefit our community.”

University United Food Friday will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Volunteers are encouraged to show up at noon for check-in. Visit http://missoulaunitedway.org/   for more information or to register to help.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the University of Montana for University United Food Friday,” said Susan Hay Patrick, United Way of Missoula County CEO. “Something this big takes all of us working together, and it’s exciting to partner with the University, the Missoula Food Bank, Wells Fargo and the Lambros Community Foundation, as well as other sponsors, to make this event happen.”

Two hundred volunteers are needed to package over 8,000 dried, nonperishable meals – 50,000 individual servings – for distribution to hungry children and families in the community.

Meals will be distributed to kids through the Missoula Food Bank’s EmPower Pack weekend nutrition program, providing healthy meals for students who experience chronic hunger while away from school. Each package serves a family of six or one child for the entirety of an extended school break.

In addition, all food will be included in the Can the Cats food drive competition with Montana State University, an annual competition to see which campus can collect the largest quantity of donated food.

For more on UM’s inauguration weekend, visit https://bit.ly/2JaLTnW. United Way of Missoula County brings people together to identify problems in the areas of education, financial stability and health, and craft creative, lasting solutions that change lives and build a stronger community for everyone.

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Contact: Erin Wilkins, director of development and marketing, United Way of Missoula County, 406-549-6104, erin@missoulaunitedway.org.