OGDEN — Volunteers from Great Salt Lake Minerals Corp. delivered two truckloads containing $25,000 worth of food to the Catholic Community Services Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank Thursday.
The food is enough for 1,800 Utah families and is double what the company has delivered in previous years.
The company also made contributions of $1,000 each to the Cache County Community Food Bank in Logan and the Family Connection Center Food Bank in Layton over the holidays.
“GSL Minerals is like Santa Claus, and this year they went the extra mile to help us ensure that all families in northern Utah can have a wonderful Christmas meal,” said Marcie Valdez, director of the food bank and Northern Utah Catholic Community Services.
A 24-foot-long truck filled with goods for the food bank brought holiday candy canes, yams, stuffing, noodles and personal hygiene items generally not distributed by food banks such as toothpaste and shampoo. A separate truck brought 14,000 fresh apples and oranges from Ogden wholesaler Carlo’s Produce. The items were purchased with GSL Minerals’ own contribution supplemented by donations from the company’s local vendors.
Last month, GSL contributed $7,000 to the food banks for Thanksgiving.
Great Salt Lake Minerals produces organic-approved sulfate of potash specialty fertilizer from the minerals of the Great Salt Lake using solar power as its primary energy source. GSL Minerals’ sulfate of potash provides nutrients for fruits, vegetables, nuts and other high-value food crops. GSL Minerals is the largest producer of SOP in North America.