BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - ExxonMobil kicked off its 26th year of a corporate giving campaign with the Capital Area United Way on Friday.
A jambalaya cookoff consisting of 49 teams preparing 1,500 pounds of meat and 750 pounds of rice is giving thousands of dollars back into the community.
"We're really grateful for all of these teams that got up this morning to cook up some jambalaya," Renee Craft with McMain's Children's Developmental Center said.
"All of the people here really understand the importance of the community," Bob Johnston, ExxonMobil site manager, added. "Really, ExxonMobil is the community and the community is ExxonMobil, so everyone really just gets into this and helps out and helps out the United Way."
Last year, the company raised $1.4 million. This year, the goal is $1.5 million.
"Exxon's a great corporate partner of the United Way and this is one example of the many ways that they give back to our community through this event," Darrin Goss Sr. with Capital Area United Way explained.
The company's giving back helps provide services with United Way's partners, like McMain's Children's Developmental Center.
"United Way dollars really help fill the gap and help providing the funds for us to do the services and so, we're really grateful for the United Way," Craft explained.
And the employees know while the food is good, the cause is even better.
"We know the value of the United Way brand to this community and it's really important to our employees and management to support the great work the United Way does here," Lana Venable said.
The winners of the cookoff will go to the 28th annual Jambalaya Jam, which is a city-wide competition held on Thursday, October 8.