“Day of Caring” today kicks off this year’s United Way campaign

Bring your non-perishable food down to Stewart Park today and enjoy some Silo Food Truck chicken or mac & cheese while you’re there. The United Way of Tompkins County’s 20th annual “Day of Caring” is from 9am-4pm. At the park’s large pavilion, it serves as a pep rally as well as a work session, as volunteers help box up donated items to be distributed to members of the community.

Volunteers at last year's event pack donated goods into bags and boxes to be distributed in the community. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Volunteers at last year’s event pack donated goods into bags and boxes to be distributed in the community. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Dubbed the Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring, the annual gathering brings together dozens of volunteers who package donated non-perishable food, pet supplies, household goods, and toiletries that can be distributed to area residents who need assistance.

A speaker program at noon will allow United Way of Tompkins County director James Brown to introduce staff, board members, and organizers of the community campaign, which officially kicks off today. He’ll also announce this year’s campaign goal; last year’s goal was $2,012,638, which UWTC exceeded.

Silo Truck is fresh off their win at the New York State Fair Food Truck Competition, and they’ll be serving up their fried chicken and macaroni & cheese at Stewart Park from 11:30am-1:30pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the United Way campaign.

Donations of non-perishable food and household supplies can be brought directly to Stewart Park during the Day of Caring event. Last year, over 8,000 pounds of food and personal care items were donated by the community.

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