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      United Way's Macaroni Project Aims to Feed Local Families

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      Grand IslandThe Heartland United Way 2012 Mission Outreach "Macaroni Project" will take place Sunday at noon at the Fonner Park Concourse in Grand Island.

      Over 400 community volunteers are needed to package 100,000 non-perishable meals in bags.

      Within the United States more than one in six children don't know where their next meal is coming from and often go to bed hungry.

      "Community meals, food pantry shelves and local school food backpack programs need food to provide help when it is needed most," said Karen Rathke, President of Heartland United Way in Grand Island, Nebraska. "In 2011 more than 50% of the youth in Hall County qualified for the free and reduced cost lunch program at school - another sign that family budgets are stretched beyond their limits."

      Sunday, from noon to 4:30 p.m., volunteers will be grouped into packaging stations to put together 100,000 meals in a bag to distribute to local food pantries, backpack programs, and families.

      Volunteers can sign up by visiting the Heartland United Way website at www.heartlandunitedway.org then clicking on the "VolunteerSpot" button located on the bottom left of our home page. Registration is fast, easy and by volunteering you will make a difference to an area family.

      Visit www.heartlandunitedway.org today, or call 308-382-2675 for more information.

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