United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties and Okaloosa County Teachers’ Federal Credit Union hosted the third annual Feed the Need food packing event on Saturday, March 30, at Gregg Chapel Life Center in Fort Walton Beach.  United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties has adopted this event to insure local food banks and non-profit agency pantries in the two-county area have access to a variety of nutritious and filling food alternatives.

This event captured the hearts of nearly 1,000 volunteers who worked in teams of 10 throughout the day, in 1.5 hour shifts to create meal packages that will feed 100,000 hungry people in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  The scene was exciting and filled with energy, upbeat music, and teams celebrating the completion of filling each box with Tomato-basil pasta or Cheesy Rice – a gluten free alternative.

Trucks from local food banks like Catholic Charities, Sharing and Caring and non-profit food pantries like The Matrix, Opportunity Place and others were on hand to immediately receive the food that will help fill their shelves and make an immediate impact in our community.

“I am humbled and amazed at the overwhelming generosity of our community; clearly huge events of this nature would not happen were it not for their support.”  Rick Owen, President and CEO, United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties, continued, “This event shows how our community comes together to surround an issue and fights as a unified team to solve a problem.  Many parents will be able to feed their families because of the generosity of these sponsors, donors and volunteers.”

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Okaloosa & Walton Counties. United we fight. United we win.  LIVE UNITED.

For other United Way and community volunteer opportunities, please check out our website at www.united-way.org or www.VolunteerEmeraldCoast.com.