BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 25th Annual Jambalaya cookoff is officially under way at ExxonMobil, making the start of this year's campaign to raise money for the Capital Area United Way.
Hundreds of former and current Exxon employees formed 60 teams and were up early Friday morning preparing their pots.
Organizers say the event is more than just food and fun, it is a campaign that benefits the community.
"Through after school programs, early childhood programs, adults through hope ministries, being supported through job skills development, feeding children who are hungry; all of the things that you thing about in a caring community, this campaign provides that lift for our community," said Darrin Goss with Capital Area United Way.
The Jambalaya cookoff will last through about 2 p.m. Friday.
ExxonMobil challenges everyone to join their campaign.
To find out how to start, contact the Capital Area United Way at (225) 383-2643, or visit