Local food pantries need donations for holidays

Jake Netzley and Matt Whitaker move some boxes in on of the Food pantry freezers. They are in need of Holiday turkeys hams for some 800 clients.

LOGAN – As the holiday season approaches, area food pantries are worried about having enough turkeys, hams and cash to last through the holidays.

Matt Whitaker director of the food pantry holds up a ham and turkey he currently has available for families in Cache Valley. They are in need of more donations to accommodate the number of the people in need this year.

Matt Whitaker, administrator of the Cache Community Food Pantry, said they’ve had some big donors that provided turkeys and hams for his clients in the past, but not so much anymore.

“Most of the big donors are not around anymore,” he said. “I’m hoping we have others who will step up and take their place.”

Donations for the food pantry can be dropped off at 359 S. Main Street from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until noon.

“If you have a donation that you are unable to donate until after those hours, let me know,” Whitaker said. “We’ll meet you at any time.”

Jake Netzley, who also works for the pantry, said they have about 800 families they hope to find holiday meals for.

“We are trying to prepare meals to help people during the holidays. We have potatoes and vegetables,” he said. “We need turkeys, hams and dressing for about 800 families in Cache Valley.”

Tremonton Food Pantry had the local Lions Club step up and buy turkeys to fill the needs of the families they help.

“I’m in good shape for the holidays,” Cathy Newman, the food pantry administrator, said. “We needed turkeys and they stepped up, the Lions Club said they were going to give us 150 of them.”

Steve Aust, who looks over the Preston Food Pantry, said they have no turkeys to give their people for the holidays.

“We have about 140 families on our active list,” he said. “We could sure use some help.”

Aust said the freezer is empty.

“The people of Franklin County have been generous with donations this year; I am hoping they will help us for the holidays.”

Preston Food Pantry has limited hours. Steve Aust can be contacted by calling (208) 851-0519.


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