United Way to Launch Buddy Bag Campaign for 2020-2021 school year with donation from Cargill.

United Way to Launch Buddy Bag Campaign for 2020-2021 school year with donation from Cargill.

KOKOMO, IN – PRESS RELEASE – In response to an urgent community need, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties and Cargill are taking action to organize a community-wide effort to raise funds for Buddy Bags and fight childhood hunger.

Buddy Bags is a program that fights food insecurity for affected children by sending home a bag with enough food for the child and their family for the weekend. There are approximately 1,000 children in need of weekend food in Howard and Tipton Counties. 

“We realized last school year that the need for weekend food was urgent and we are doing everything we can to mobilize volunteers and resources to fill the gap in our community. We are incredibly grateful for the continued community support and the financial gift from Cargill that will provide weekend meals for the entire school year for 180 children.” said Abbie Smith, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties President and CEO. 

“Cargill is committed to feeding the world in a safe and responsible way; reducing our environmental impact; and improving the communities where we live and work. We felt like the partnership with United Way and Buddy Bags was the perfect fit and the best way to help the communities we serve.” said Kelly Pall, Cargill’s Origination Specialist based in Tipton, Indiana.

United Way is looking for Buddy Bag sponsorships for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. There are multiple ways to sponsor a Buddy Bag. Below is a breakdown of sponsorship levels: 

  • $8 sponsors one child’s grocery bag for one week
  •  $32 pays for one child’s grocery bag for one month
  • $144 pays for one child’s grocery bag for one semester
  • $288  pays for one child’s grocery bag for one year

If you are interested in sponsoring a Buddy Bag, please visit https://unitedwayhoco.org/united-way-programs/buddy-bags/ or call United Way at 765-457-4357 ext. 311 and speak with Carolina Booth. 

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About United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties

United Way of Howard and Tipton Counties fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Using community input, the non-profit crafts local impact plans that work to end generational poverty. In Howard and Tipton counties, United Way is working to put children on a pathway out of poverty with the #75in5 initiative, with the goal of having 75% of children ready to learn by Kindergarten. Learn more at UnitedWayHoCo.org

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