Through a massive volunteer effort, thousands of meals will be packaged to help feed hungry kids in the Missoula area.

The University of Montana and United Way of Missoula County are teaming up for the second annual University United Food Friday, a one-of-a-kind community event to help feed our hungry neighbors. About 500 volunteers are are expected to help package 100,000 meal servings from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. this Friday (September 20), in the University Center Ballroom.

Meals will be distributed to kids through the Missoula Food Bank's EmPower Pack weekend nutrition program, providing healthy meals for students who experience chronic hunger while away from school. Each package serves a family of six or one child for the entirety of the weekend break.

At last report, they still could use some more volunteers, so if this worthwhile program inspires you to help, here is the volunteer form you need to fill out. Or contact Susan Hay Patrick, United Way of Missoula County, 406-549-6104.