Leominster, Mass. – United Way of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a food packaging event for local food pantries Feb. 18.

This is the first time this year that volunteers are wanted to help package meals that will be given to food pantries in Gardner, Templeton, Winchendon, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Townsend and Pepperell.

Participants will assemble packaged meals at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 99 Erdman Way, on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“What is great about these events is that in less than four hours, we can create 20,000 meals thanks to the volunteers and the sponsorship provided by a generous anonymous donor and the DoubleTree, said Fran Longton, volunteer coordinator of United Way’s Volunteer Center.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact United Way of North Central Massachusetts at 978-345-1577, ext. 311 or email Fran Longton at fran@uwncm.org.

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Baldwinville, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Petersham, Pepperell, Phillipston, Royalston, S. Lancaster, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.