UNITED WE FEED: Building Stronger Neighbors For the Seventh Year in a Row

United Way of NCM’s annual food drive to restock our area food pantries and feed hungry families across the four-county area is ready to go.

Sponsored by the United Way of North Central Mississippi (NCM) in partnership with the Kiwanis Club, Starkville Community Church, and Barnes and Noble, the “United We Feed” initiative launches October 28th and continues through November 17th. The “United We Feed” effort stocks food pantries operating in Oktibbeha, Choctaw, Webster, and Winston counties all of which are served by the United Way.

This year’s new partner is Barnes & Noble on Mississippi State University’s campus. They, too, will be holding food drives to help stock the food pantries. Barnes & Noble Drive dates are as follows: Saturday, October 19th -- LSU game Saturday, November 7th -- Barnes & Noble Blood Drive Saturday, November 16th -- Alabama game Saturday, November 23rd -- Homecoming Saturday, November 26th -- Family Weekend Event Saturday, November 28th -- Ole Miss game

During the three-week food drive, volunteers will be collecting canned vegetables/fruits, uncooked packages of pasta, dry beans, boxed macaroni and cheese, rice, iced tea bags, canned meats (chicken, tuna, ham), canned stews/soups/chili, dry soup mixes, coffee, non-perishable food items/packaged dinners and plastic containers of peanut butter, jelly, cereal, and children’s box drinks.

The United Way’s signature red collection bins have been placed at the following locations in Starkville: ● Enterprise Car Rental ● Synergetics

● The Greater Starkville Development Partnership offices on Main Street ● Cadence (Main Street location) ● Renasant Bank on Hwy 12 ● BankFirst on Russell Street ● Starkville Daily News on Lampkin Street ● Starkville Fire Department Station 1 ● Starkville Police Department – Lampkin Street ● Southwire ● Vowell’s Marketplace, Kroger, and the Neighborhood Walmart ● Starkville Properties on Russell Street ● OCH Regional Medical Center and OCH Wellness ● Oktibbeha County Co-op on Pollard Road ● GLO – Lampkin Street

Red collection bins have also been placed at the following locations in neighboring counties: ● Choctaw County – Ackerman: SuperValu, Choctaw County Extension Office and French Camp: Barlow Blue ● Webster County – Eupora: Piggly Wiggly and SuperValu; Mathiston: Piggly Wiggly; and Walthall: Dollar General ● Winston County – Vowell’s Marketplace.

The Oktibbeha County bins will be monitored regularly by the Starkville Kiwanis Club volunteers; and food will be inventoried, categorized, shelved, and distributed at the Starkville Community Church which has donated the use of their warehouse.

In addition to the drop-off locations, special "United We Feed” collection days will occur in all 4 counties on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Locations in Starkville will include Vowell's Marketplace, Kroger, and Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market; in Louisville will be Vowell's Marketplace; in Mathiston and Eupora at Piggly Wiggly; in Eupora at SuperValu; and in Ackerman at SuperValu. Volunteers will be stationed at all stores to receive donated food.

Additional opportunities to donate food will include the City of Starkville’s Parks and Recreation’s Hail-oween on Monday, October 28th at the SportsPlex from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Families who bring bags of canned foods will receive a special treat!

Additionally, this year on November 8th and 9th, Chick-Fil-A, a constant supporter of United Way of NCM initiatives, will again host Cup For A Cup day. When you order a bowl of soup at Chick-Fil-A, they will donate a can of soup to “United We Feed”.

Distribution throughout the four counties will include 21 local food pantries, school programs, the Humane Society, Salvation Army, Casserole Kitchen, and Backpack Ministries.

“United We Feed” is a community initiative held during the United Way of NCM's 2019 Campaign. United Way’s mission is to ensure every member of our community is FULL, FIT & LITERATE. Strong neighbors make a strong community.

More information about United We Feed or United Way of NCM can be obtained by calling the United Way of NCM office at 662-323-3830 or e-mail unwayokt@maxxsouth.net.

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