Volunteers are helping those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas
Donations Provide Meals
Volunteers at the Taylorsville Food Pantry gathered this month to stuff bags full of food for those in need during the holidays. The sacks were given out to 75 families along with a turkey for Thanksgiving, and 75 more will be given again with a turkey or ham for Christmas.
“We have the best volunteers in the world,” said warehouse manager Sue Lane on one recent evening at the pantry. Twelve volunteers pitched in to stuff the bags for Thanksgiving, setting up an assembly line to complete the job in less than an hour. Sacks were piled high with food, ready to be picked up.
The Taylorsville Food Pantry, located at 4775 S. Plymouth View Drive, is open on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon.
Each month, the pantry provides food to about 1,200 people, and for Thanksgiving they gave away the gift bags filled with stuffing, cans of olives and green beans, pumpkin and pineapple, cranberry sauce, cream of chicken soup, canned milk, wheat thins and sweet potatoes. Samples of ibuprofen and Tylenol also were thrown in for good measure. “After a long day, they’re probably going to need it,” Lane said with a smile.
Thanks to a generous donation of $3,000 from Coldwell Banker, the pantry was able to purchase the turkeys to give away. Representatives from the Coldwell Banker Foundation planned to present a large cardboard check at the City Council’s December meeting. The pantry relies almost exclusively on donations to provide for those in need. Opened food and items older than five years cannot be donated.
For Christmas, the pantry is seeking donations of hams, mandarin oranges, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese cups and instant oatmeal. The instant meals are needed, in particular, for children who will not be able to eat at school during the holidays. “When school’s out, a lot of the little kids have to fend for themselves,” Lane said.
The pantry stocks its shelves with donations from the Utah Food Bank, which sends two deliveries a month, as well as contributions from churches and private donations from individuals and businesses. Many grocery stores also donate food to the food bank, which brings some of those items to the pantry.
To receive food at the Taylorsville Food Pantry, one must be a Taylorsville resident (most neighboring communities also have pantry-like services where their residents can receive food) and fall within income guidelines. The maximum monthly income for a family of four, for example, is $3,075.
The Taylorsville Food Pantry was started in a trailer park in 2003 and moved to its current location after the city provided space. The Taylorsville Food Pantry provides two days of food per visit, and visits are limited to four times per month.
Find more information about the pantry, including how to volunteer and donate, at www.taylorsvillefoodpantry.org