United Way of Marshall County and 211/First Call for Help will conduct the 21st Annual Holiday Can-A-Thon in Marshall County to provide food for local families in need. It is a rain or shine event that will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Walmart locations in Arab, Boaz and Guntersville as well as Foodland in Boaz, Foodland in Albertville, Foodland in Guntersville, Foodland in Arab, Warehouse Discount Grocery in Arab, Food Valu in Douglas and Dennis Foodland in Grant.

As the holidays draw near, the need for food in the community is greater than ever. Help by donating canned goods and non-perishable food items.

All food collected through the Can-A-Thon is distributed through Marshall County Homeless Ministries, CASA, Domestic Violence Crisis Services, Meals on Wheels and Marshall County Christian Services (Second Chance and TESA).

The list of most needed items includes canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham, spam, stew), canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned juices, peanut butter (plastic jars only), breakfast cereal, canned soup, dried soup mixes, dried beans, boxed pastas and rice.

“Food assistance remains to be one of the most requested needs in Marshall County,” Pat Potts, 211 resource specialist, said. “We are asking the community to please consider giving what they can to help this year. If every family, household or business could just donate one canned good, it would go such a long way. Small donations by many people will make a huge difference.”

Community members who would like to drop off nonperishable items prior to Nov. 19 can bring donations to the United Way office, located at 709 Blount Ave. in Guntersville.

For more information or to participate in United Way’s Can-A-Thon, contact Raquel Zavaleta at 256-582-4700 or raquel@unitedwaymarshall.org.

“For more than 40 years, United Way of Marshall County has helped enrich community life by addressing critical issues,” Zavaleta said. “Volunteers and donors research the needs of the community and develop strategies for assisting people who need it most, including children, families and individuals. United Way of Marshall County provides funding for 22 partner agencies and programs that ensure the efficient use of donor dollars.”

For more information, visit United Way of Marshall County online at unitedwaymarshall.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/unitedwayofmarshallcounty.

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