Coco Warner ReportingThe Utah Food Bank hopes to see a big increase in donations this holiday season. They've set some pretty lofty goals and need your help to reach them.
Right now, with only 10 days left until Thanksgiving, the big item on the wish list at the Utah Food Bank is turkeys. They gave us a peak behind the curtain-- or in their case-- the freezer door. And there looks to be plenty of turkeys until you realize just how many more are needed.
Jim Pugh, Dir. of Utah Food Bank: “Right now we’re about half way to our goal of raising 18,000 turkeys to get out for the holidays. So anything that people can do to help make sure we reach that goal is to go a long way to meeting the needs of families.”
Why so many turkeys? Because the Food Bank sees an increase in need every month.
Jim Pugh: "What we're seeing more and more of are people we would consider the working poor. These are families where at least one person in the home has a full-time job, they're working, they're giving members of our community. They're just not quite making enough to get by every month."
And while turkeys may be gobbling up most of the attention right now, the Food Bank has many different needs. Non-perishable food items are always welcome -- time and money too. Right now Americacorp volunteers are helping the Food Bank take in and organize donations, saving thousands of dollars.
Anna O'Sullivan, Americacorp Volunteer: "It's been great. I'm learning how to drive a truck and I've been able to work in the warehouse a little bit and learn some of their machinery-- so it's a good experience."
And the Food Bank is trying to make helping out a good and easy experience for everyone. Utah newspapers have included paper bags as inserts and you can drop off donations at any Smith's or Jiffy Lube location.
Jim Pugh: "We're hopeful that people can step up to the plate and make sure we can get in those few extra donations to make a difference."