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    May 28, 2019

    June 13th canned food sculpture event will help local food programs


    WISCONSIN RAPIDS – It’s the start of summer – and that means United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties and the South Wood County Hunger Coalition is teaming up to fight hunger!


    Residents will be able to help “Strike Out Hunger” during the seventh annual “United We Can” food sculpture event, set for June 13th at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street.


    Through the “United We Can” event, businesses, organizations and residents will step up to the plate and go to bat to strike out hunger. Leading up to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters vs. Fond du Lac Dock Spiders game, local teams will build sculptures using canned food and basic needs items. These items will then be donated to local food programs. Since 2013, “United We Can” resulted in more than 39,000 pounds of food collected.


    It’s not too late to “pitch” in to help “Strike Out Hunger”

    ·        Get on deck and drop off non-perishable food items or cash donations from 10 a.m. to

    4 p.m. on June 13th at Witter Field. Checks should be made payable to “United Way.” In addition, food item donations will be accepted throughout the game.

    ·        Gather up your loose change (and cash!) to participate in the “Miracle Minute” during the Rafters game. Buckets will be passed through the stands for 60 seconds to collect your spare change.  Last year, more than $1,200 was raised during “Miracle Minute” for local food programs.


    In 2018, United Way’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral line received 200 calls for assistance in acquiring food.  Hunger Coalition partners connected individuals to food resources over 47,000 times in addition to serving nearly 15,000 community meals. The need is local and it is real.  Help us strike out hunger!


    For more information, contact Jodi Friday, Community Impact Director United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties, at 715-421-0390 orjodi@uwswac.org or go to www.uwswac.org/united-we-can.


    About United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties


    United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties is focused on the building blocks of a better life:  Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety Net Services.  We mobilize our community in these areas by: supporting partner programs, community coalitions, and initiatives; providing 2-1-1 and Volunteer Center programs; and creating collaborative partnerships within our community.


    You can help when you LIVE UNITED:  Give, Advocate and Volunteer.  To learn more please visit www.uwswac.org