The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese
2023 date to be announced
500 Volunteers. 250,000 Meals to help meet food needs in Berks County.

United Way’s The Big Cheese is the largest United Way-driven meal packaging event in the country. In 2022, more than 500 volunteers came together to package 250,000 nutrient-fortified mac and cheese meals for local families in need. The meals were packaged at Penn State Berks, and Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank will distribute them to local school children 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 distributed to children throughout the school year.

Volunteers are typically needed for meal packaging and heavy lifting, and slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A date for 2023 will be announced soon.