Volunteers make a difference at Cache Community Food Pantry

The mission of the Cache Community Food Pantry is that no one in Cache Valley goes to bed hungry. Thanks to the generosity of people in the valley, the pantry is able to accomplish that mission.

Volunteers are also key to success for the food pantry.

Chuck Carles and his wife Sally have been volunteering for about three years.

“I just enjoy serving,” says Carles. “It makes me happy to be able to serve others and help them along. We are a little better off than quite a few of them and it’s nice to be able to give.”

More than a dozen volunteers rotate through the pantry on a weekly basis. Ilene Sheen says she works in the office as well as the warehouse, and some days she’s here just to give someone a much-needed hug.

“It doesn’t take you long to count your own blessings,” Sheen explains, “and realize just how much other people need these services.”

Frank Reyes has been volunteering for about six months.

“This is a good place to help the people,” says Reyes. “I feel gracious working here to be honest with you.”

The food pantry is not a government agency, so 100% of support comes from the community. Director Matthew Whitaker says the pantry couldn’t operate without volunteers.

“Some of these volunteers have been here longer than I’ve been here. We’ve got retired professionals and they are always telling us ways that we can improve,” says Whittaker. “They bring with them a lifetime of experience. And they come and smile. Our volunteers, they love the families that come in and vice versa.”

The food pantry is located at 359 South Main Street in Logan.

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