More than 500 volunteers pulled together and put their passion and effort into helping provide meals to local families in need.
Valley Forge Casino Resort hosted United Way’s seventh annual United2Feed community event on July 17, an initiative that took months to plan between a few major corporations. An atmosphere of compassion, care and camaraderie filled the property.
“The energy in the room was amazing and you can tell everyone was having fun,” said Jack Elia, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Property Operations at Valley Forge. “We made an assembly line from the 18 wheelers all the way to unloading and unwrapping the pallets of food to boxing up all the needed supplies and food.”
Team members from Boyd Gaming’s Pennsylvania destination came together to pack more than 100,000 meals for local families in need.
“It’s something to see,” Elia said. “We had the music cranked up and everybody was dancing and having a great time."
Valley Forge has worked with United Way since it reached out to the community-forward casino four years ago, asking for assistance in the growing need to feed local families.
“It really makes a difference in our community and to our team members,” Elia said. “It’s something special we enjoy doing together to give back.”
Valley Forge eagerly offered its space while team members rallied to assist in the energetic effort to help the community.
“We appreciate the work that goes into this impactful community event,” Elia said. “These packages we put together mean a lot to our families in Philadelphia that need assistance.”
During this event, Boyd Gaming team members, along with other local volunteers, helped repackage items into cardboard boxes for more than 32,000 families in Philadelphia and surrounding communities.
“It’s tremendous what our team members do to bring this all together and help so many people,” said Elia.