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Clearfield woman starts neighborhood program to fight hunger

Clearfield woman starts neighborhood program to fight hunger

(Jay Dortzbach)

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CLEARFIELD — A northern Utah woman is making it her mission to see that no one in her neighborhood goes to bed hungry.

Patricia Erdman said that the best way to fight hunger is to start in your own community. She said that people need to have a willingness to step outside and do something.

In 2006, Erdman decided to "do something" to fight hunger. She started a program known as "Food Between Friends". She runs the program out of her Clearfield home and goes to lower income areas of her community to help provide food.

"I have my car and we can put stuff in my trunk," Erdman said. "Just knowing there are kids within walking distance of my house that don't have food — it just breaks my heart. I'll do this until there are no hungry kids. There's a lot of people in need in our own backyard."

I wish you could have seen this driveway in person just a few hours ago. It was filled with boxes of food... here are some cardboard scraps from it all.

Donations to Food Between Friends are accepted at:
    Food Between Friends
  • 385-244-0089

Erdman gathers food donations from local businesses. After collecting the food, she puts it in cardboard boxes and then friends help her with deliveries. Erdman said she tries to deliver food at least once every 2-to-3 weeks.

"She's a savior," said Lenny Harrison. "She steps in here and helps my family out a bunch."

Harrison first met Erdman a few weeks ago. Erdman said that puts so much effort into helping others because she has been hungry and homeless in the past.

"Once you've seen it, once you've been there firsthand, you know what it means to somebody when you just come and say, 'Hey, can I help you tonight?' " Erdman said.


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