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United Way Seeks Valentine Partners to Feed Children

An anonymous donor has challenged the community to join together this Valentine’s Day to support the United Way’s Weekend Snackpack Program, which feeds 1,000 school-age children in need every weekend during the school year throughout Anderson County.

On Wednesday, the United Way will host its 3rd annual “Buy A Box” Day. 

What’s in a box?  A box, which cost $40, holds 8 Weekend Snackpacks that will feed 8 children over the weekend so that they can return to school ready to learn.

For every dollar raised through the “Buy A Box” Campaign, the donor will match it with another dollar up to $25,000.  This means, $25,000 donated by others, turns into $50,000 to help feed our children.

“This year, it seems very appropriate for “Buy A Box” Day to fall on Valentine’s Day, as the gift from our anonymous donor has truly shown the love and care for others that Valentine’s Day is really supposed to be all about!” said Mike Morris, United Way of Anderson Board Chair. “Our generous donor has a very special place in his/her heart for making sure all children in Anderson are well feed and nourished, cared for and have a chance to succeed.”  

The Weekend Snackpack program provides a bag of food every Friday to children in need to bridge the weekend meal gap -- when school lunch and breakfast programs are not available. Teachers, nurses, and school counselors identify the children who are at greatest risk of missing meals during weekends. These children often have little or nothing to eat at home, and return to school on Monday hungry, tired, and ill-prepared to learn.  The effort has been made possible through a partnership among the United Way of Anderson County, faith-community, all five area school districts, Golden Harvest and a variety of other organizations and volunteers who help pack and deliver the Snackpacks.  

Donnie Campbell, a lead volunteer in the packing and delivery of the Snackpacks, believes in the cause and the impact it has on local children.  “It costs approximately $190,000 to feed 1,000 children every weekend for an entire school year.  This is a small price to ensure our youngest citizens are well-fed and can come to school ready to learn,“ said Campbell.

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