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United Way BBQ fundraiser returns Sept. 22
Rockdale Career Academy culinary arts students help prepare plates of barbecue in last year's United Way BBQ fundraiser. - photo by William Brawley

United Way of Rockdale is partnering again with Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ and the Rockdale Career Academy culinary arts students to hold their 11th annual United Way BBQ Fundraiser on Thursday Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Plates of Jim N’ Nick’s barbecued meat sandwich, along with a side, a drink and desert, will be sold for $10 each at RCA.

The proceeds kick off the fundraising season for the United Way, which is more in demand than ever. 

“The community United Way BBQ sets the tone for the fall campaign,” said Claire Cline of Rockdale United Way. “The community barbecue is the base for going forward and meeting goal.” 

This year’s goal is to sell 2,400 plates, the proceeds of which go support United Way’s focus areas of education, income, health and homelessness. This year’s campaign goal is $313,214, a $6,300, increase, or 3 percent, over last year.

RCA Culinary Arts students work alongside Jim N’ Nick’s professionals to learn about making quality food quickly for a large number of people. 

Companies such as Solo Cup, Kroger, and Publix are also donating supplies, such as boxes and cups, and food items. Individuals are also donating, said Cline. The donations have enabled the United Way to keep costs down.

“After 11 years, we have held the price at $10 a plate, through the generosity of the community by making contributions of products,” Cline said.

Dine in, pick up and delivery (for orders of 20 or more) is available. To order or for more information, call 678-623-2890 or email

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