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Meeting needs: United Way of Greater Nashua making more meals

File photo While volunteering during a recent United Way of Greater Nashua food packing event at Alvirne High School, Heather Fauteux and her son Ryan, 12, seal off a packaged meal.

NASHUA – After reaching the fundraising goal with a full crew of volunteers, The United Way of Greater Nashua will be at SHARE Outreach in Milford for the nest Day of Caring food packaging event.

Volunteers will be at SHARE, 1 Columbus Ave. in Milford, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 5. They will be working in two shifts to package meals for those in the community who struggle with food insecurities.

With the beginning of summer vacation, United Way President Mike Apfelberg said the food packing will help a lot of students in the community who will not get food from the school during summer vacation.

“We really appreciate this event because summertime is a real hard time for those struggling with food insecurities in our community,” Apfelberg said. “Schools gets out and a lot of kids get food from school, so it’s important the pantries are well stocked.”

“During the summer people donate less because they go on vacation,” Apfelberg said. “It’s kind of a time for acute need for our food pantries.”

Apfelberg said along a with full crew of volunteers, the United Way also hit the goal of $2,500 to support the event.

“Each time we do this, it cost roughly a quarter a meal,” he said about the cost, “and generally raise about $2,500 to do about 10,000.”

Those 10,000 meals will be split into two recipes, a breakfast and a dinner. With the popularity of the last event’s apple cinnamon oatmeal breakfast, the United Way will once again be packing 5,000 of those meals recipe. However, the dinner meal will be all new this time around – a Spanish rice.

Apfelberg said without the help of the volunteers from community, the United Way wouldn’t have been able to organize such a successful event.

“We’re just really excited to be feeding the community again,” Apfelberg said. “We’re really thankful for all the generous volunteers and sponsors.”

After the upcoming food packaging event, the United Way’s next Day of Daring will be the United We Sleep event. This is scheduled to take place from 5 p.m. Sept. 20 to 9 a.m. Sept. 21. For more information on volunteering and donating to the United Way, visit http://www.unitedwaynashua.org/.