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United Way launches $1 million campaign

By Jessica Priest
Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2013 at 4:13 a.m.

Volunteers at the third annual Day of Caring at the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent on Thursday. United Way launched its $1 million campaign.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent resembled a well-oiled machine Thursday.

Volunteers on three assembly lines stuffed 2,872 boxes with everything from macaroni to cereal in less than four hours, setting a personal best, said the organization's Executive Director Robin Cadle.

The volunteers participated in the third annual Day of Caring, which launched United Way's $1 million campaign.

United Way, established in 1947, raises funds for nonprofits in Victoria, DeWitt and Lavaca counties.

Local businesses already have donated $251,987, or 25.2 percent of the goal, which must be met in less than four months, said Cliff Grimes, United Way executive director.

Each box feeds a family of four for a week, he said.

"Today was a phenomenal start," said Jennifer Yancey, United Way board chairwoman.

Last year, United Way volunteers landscaped Mid-Coast Family Services' new offices, Yancey said.

"It does look like a house divided, but we came together," Cadle said, chuckling about how volunteers' maroon and orange T-shirts looked like they were pledging allegiance to rival universities, Texas A&M and University of Texas.

September is Hunger Action Month, and with Congress thinking about cutting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, the issue needs to be addressed, she said.

"More and more seniors are asking whether they should pay for food or their medicine?" Cadle said. "This is so heartwarming. Without this kind of support, we can't operate."



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