WINSTON-SALEM, NC – United Way of Forsyth County Will Host Canned Food Drive to Support Second Harvest Food Bank January 21 – January 25, 2019

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service.Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”

The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

This year United Way of Forsyth County, in observance of the MLK Day of Service  is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank for a canned food drive to help support the increased need for food in light of the Government Shutdown.  Beginning January 21 and going through Friday January 25th from 8:30-5:00 pm each day the United Way of Forsyth County will be collecting canned foods at their office at 301 N. Main Street, Winston Tower, 17th tower.

Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO notes, “We know that many of the projects started on the Day of Service engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact our community year-round . In light of the increased need for food, we hope this project will give additional support to our partners at Second Harvest”.

For more information contact Tahja Gaymon, Engagement Manager,



Press Release: United Way of Forsyth County, Collects Canned Food for A Day of Action Food Drive with Second Harvest Food Bank on June 21

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC) is rallying volunteers throughout the community to participate in a canned food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank.

UWFC is conducting a canned food drive through June 20 for the Winston Tower building tenants and UWFC staff.   Boxes will be in the lobby and ground floor of the building. Everyone in Forsyth County is encouraged to participate by donating canned food between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  UWFC’s Marketing and Engagement team will distribute these items to the Food Bank and volunteer time on June 21 , which is United Way’s Worldwide Day of Action.

Worldwide, United Way Day of Action is a snapshot of what the organization does all year long – galvanizing people around solutions to build stronger communities. Volunteers of all ages will come together to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities.

This year, United Way Worldwide is focusing on summer learning and nutrition. Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being. However, in too many communities, kids are falling behind in school and going hungry during the summer months.

“We are pleased to provide this opportunity to empower volunteers to build a stronger community with our Day of Action to benefit children in Forsyth County,” said Cindy Gordineer UWFC president and CEO. “Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. For some children, summer often means the loss of regular breakfasts and lunches.”

According to a 2012 report from the Food Research and Action Center, six out of seven children who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer.

More than 418 United Ways in 21 countries mobilized volunteers in their communities on Day of Action in 2016.