Penn State Berks hosts United Way's 'The Big Cheese' for local families in need

United Way-driven meal packaging event is largest in the country
500 volunteers for The Big Cheese



Credit: Penn State

READING, Pa. — Penn State Berks hosted United Way’s "The Big Cheese" event on Friday, June 17. This year, more than 500 volunteers came together in the college's Beaver Athletic and Wellness Center to package 250,000 nutrient-fortified, mac-and-cheese meals for local families in need.

Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank will distribute the meals to local schoolchildren through the Weekender Backpack program, as well as through food pantries located throughout Berks County. The Reading School District also receives a portion of the meals, which are then distributed to children throughout the school year.