"Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.” 
― Oprah Winfrey
I’ve lived in Muscatine my entire life. One thing that makes this community so amazing to me is the willingness of people to give back. Despite this, some of our friends and neighbors still struggle with food insecurity. When tough choices need to be made with monthly budgets, sometimes food loses out.

Fortunately, there are programs in town that provide free food to those who need it. The Muscatine Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, and Pearl City Outreach are just a few of the places that work to provide people with food. There are also programs that provide extra food for Muscatine students. The Muskie Locker provides food to students at the high school who have a need, and Bag of Blessings provides food that kids can take home for the weekends. These are just a handful of the programs that are out there to help. Next month, the Summer Food Service Program will be another great support to families who are struggling.

I encourage you to do what you can to give back, whether it’s donating to one of the programs mentioned above, or through volunteering at one of the lunch sites this summer. Food shouldn’t be a worry to members of our community, and we can do our part to make sure it isn’t.
 
Thank you for reading!
Shane Orr
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Pearl Pub Party
June 10th, 8-10:30 am
Summer Food Service Program
June 4th-August 10th, Multiple Sites, See flyer below
Kids First Pancake Breakfast
July 4th, 3-6 pm
Save the Date!
Kids First Vintners Dinner
October 22nd
Muscatine Data
Households Utilizing DHS - 2,806
US Unemployment Rate - 4.1%
Iowa Unemployment Rate - 3.0%
Muscatine Unemployment Rate - 3.3%
United Way Data
Did You Know?
United Way held it's 5th Annual Community Baby Shower in April. In the first 4 years, the Baby Shower collected over $7,000 worth of baby items to give to low income families to help give their babies a bright start!
Spotlight
Lauren has been volunteering at the United Way office. She's helping us by cleaning up some storage space, helping with our Food Rescue program, and she helped with our Community Baby Shower. Thanks for all you've done for us, Lauren!
For more volunteer opportunities, please visit volunteermuscatine.org
Community Events
Durant Community School District (ABOVE) held it's annual Day of Caring on April 12th, and L&M Students (BELOW) held their annual Day of Caring on April 27th. Students were found all around their local communities cleaning up senior's yards, painting and cleaning at local non-profits, cleaning up Wild Cat Den and the Pine Creek Grist Mill and so many more projects we can't cover them all! This is such a great opportunity for the students in the community to do good work and help others! Thank you to everyone that had a part in making Day of Caring happen!
For more Day of Caring photos, please visit our Facebook page.
Thank you to everyone that came out to our Kids First Pancake Breakfast last month! Your support goes a long way for the children of our community!
United Way Staff wore blue for Blue Out Day in support of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness on April 6th.
Jeans were worn by United Way Staff on April 25th to raise awareness about sexual assault.
Upcoming Events