Volunteers pack 90K meals for needy students in Missoula area

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Ashley Deady, Leia Waln and Bonnie Wolgamot, from left, of the DC Engineering firm, pack meals for the Missoula Food Bank’s Empower Pack program on Friday at the University Center.

Nathen Cutler, a second-year ROTC student at UM, loads finished meals into a box at United Way’s food packing event on Friday.

David Erickson

The rattle of bells followed by loud cheers and clapping echoed throughout the crowded ballroom at the University of Montana’s University Center on Friday.

With everyone wearing masks and gloves, well over 250 volunteers spent the day in assembly lines packaging 90,000 nonperishable meals as part of United Way of Missoula County’s 90th anniversary this year.

Each time a table filled up with the packages, the bells rang and the hollering commenced.

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