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United Way of the Virginia Peninsula Volunteers Prepare Over 800 Meals for Local Agencies
Submitted by Steven Kast

UWV800 imageFebruary 2nd, 2019, Hampton, Va. – More than 125 Women United volunteers and guests came together to convert thousands of dollars of groceries into meals for the hungry at the 1st ever Women United Stone Soup event for United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. In less than two hours, these volunteers prepared 400 casseroles and 400 brown bag lunches. The donated food, enough to feed over 3,000 men, women, and children, was distributed to 21 local non-profit agencies. In a joint effort, United Way of South Hampton Roads also hosted their Stone Soup event on February 2nd. Together, both events created over 1,600 meals for over 5,000 individuals and 34 non-profit agencies.

The volunteers made lasagna, pasta and veggie casserole, and chicken mac and cheese, as well as brown-bag lunches filled with PBandJ sandwiches and other treats. Representatives from community agencies picked up the casseroles and lunches to provide nutritious meals for those they serve. Gratefully receiving the food were Able R Us, Coastal Community, Community Presbyterian Church, Deeper Life, First UMC Fox Hill, Four Oaks Hands Coalition, Genesis Christian Fellowship Church, Hampton Baptist Church, Helping the Homeless, Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, Latisha’s House Foundation, LINK of Hampton Roads, Night’s Welcome – St. John’s Episcopal, Night’s Welcome – New Covenant Church, Pineapple Inn and Housing Center, Salvation Army, St. Vincent Feeding Ministry, Sunday Supper, The Faison School, and Wellspring Methodist.

"When I first heard about the concept of Stone Soup, I knew this was an event that we had to do,” states Robin Hilton, a Women United committee member. "I loved the energy in the room and it was amazing to watch the volunteers dig in and get this job done. I cannot wait for next year.”

Steven S. Kast, President and CEO of United Way of the Virginia Peninsula states, "It was wonderful to see so many people coming together to volunteer for our community. A warm meal made with care is a genuine example of kindness.”

Women United’s Stone Soup sponsors include an anonymous $500 donor, multiple Ferguson Enterprises employees who donated food items and Versability Resources who donated space for the event.