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Utah Food Bank mobile pantry overwhelmed with people picking up supplies

By Ashley Moser, KSL TV | Posted - Mar. 17, 2020 at 10:01 a.m.



TAYLORSVILLE — Nearly 1,300 people lined up to grab a bag of canned goods for their family at a Utah Food Bank mobile food pantry Monday.

Just six weeks ago, the Utah Food Bank started this weekly pick-up location.

“The first time we did it it was like 60 families,” Organizer Jake Buhler said. “Then it went to 80 families, it went to 100 families, 120, and then today it went to over a thousand.”

Buhler said the amount of the food items handed out depended on the size of each family. He said after Monday’s turnout, the Utah Food Bank would reevaluate to make sure they have even more supplies for next week.

“We are going to go back to the drawing board to see what we need to do,” he said.

Mele Massey said this was her first time picking up donations.

“I saw a whole bunch of people, and it is so amazing,” she said. “I’m going to feed my sister, my grandkids with these items.”

Elin Estrada and his family waited an hour to get to the front of the line. He said he came because he could not get what he needed in stores.

“I know this will help, but it’s frustrating when you go to the shop and you can’t find anything because the people were crazy,” Estrada said.

Food and resources through the Utah Food Bank are available at 2-1-1.

Locations of food pantries can be found on its website.

If you want to donate to the Utah Food Bank or volunteer, call 801-887-1234 or email volunteerinfo@utahfoodbank.org.

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