United Way's The Big Cheese is the largest United Way-driven meal packaging event in the country. Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers came together to package 500,000 nutrient-fortified mac and cheese meals for local families in need. The meals were packaged at Penn State Berks in two shifts, and the Greater Berks Food Bank distributed the meals to local school children through the Weekender Backpack program, as well as through food pantries located throughout Berks County
The 2018 Big Cheese event will be held June 15 from 6-9 p.m. and June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Penn State Berks. This year, we will package mac and cheese meals, plus rice and beans to help fight hunger in Berks County.
Registration will open at noon at April 27. Volunteers are needed for meal packaging and heavy lifting, and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.