United Way of Central is postponing its new food drive event to focus on getting food for families affected by Hurricane Irma immediately.
“With the current efforts being done to help families and individuals recover and rebuild after Irma we felt it was best to postpone Build United,” said Alan H Turner II, President and CEO of United Way of Central Florida.
“Right now, our focus is to get food and water immediately to those impacted by Irma,” he said.
Build United, a food drive with a twist, is designed to bring attention to the food hardships faced by many residents in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties through an interactive contest. It will challenge competitors to build creative structures with non-perishable foods.
“This storm has only highlighted the food hardships and financial instability faced by so many in Central Florida,” Turner said. “We will restart this program once those impacted by Irma are a bit more stable. ”
Build United was announced by Turner at last month’s Campaign Kickoff. Local businesses and organizations were encouraged to form teams and register for the event after the Kickoff.
Turner said he expects to resume Build United later this year or in early 2018.