A Helping Hand

The Heber Food Pantry

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At the Heber Food Pantry, it’s about more than just giving away free food. Bryce Hendley, the pantry’s leader, says the pantry is all about the “spirit of community giving and loving.” As the second largest food pantry run by Utah Community Action in the state, that’s a lot of giving and loving.

Utah Community Action, a nonprofit whose mission is to “put themselves out of business,” works to end the cycle of poverty by filling the gaps where families can’t and helping families get to a place where they no longer need its assistance. Utah Community Action hopes to turn its mission into a reality by offering a number of services, including counseling, financial planning and job search assistance, as well as food pantries around the state.

So, what is the Heber Valley community’s role in all this? Our community members are vital to the upkeep and continuation of the food pantry. From financial and food donations to volunteers, the Heber Food Pantry survives because of the community’s participation. Volunteers sort cans, put away donations, stock food, check expiration dates and keep everything running smoothly. As volunteers of all ages are welcome, the food pantry is an incredible way for you and your family to get involved with the Heber Valley community.

Looking for a fun family night or a philanthropic church or school activity? Look no further, as the Heber Food Pantry could always use a helping hand. As some local scouts found out, volunteering your time at the pantry is fun! Hendley remembers a time when a group of scouts made sorting cans into a game.

If you don’t have time to volunteer, donations are greatly appreciated. The pantry is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and non-perishable donations can be dropped by the door day or night, rain or shine.

Whenever you have extra food or other household items you’re not going to use, swing by the pantry and feel good knowing that you are helping your neighbors in need. Canned food, milk, butter, diapers, paper towels and toilet paper are all great donations. Despite its name, the Heber Food Pantry also accepts clothing donations. Your old coats, boots and winter gear can help keep local families warm this winter.

If you want to make a donation but are unsure of what the pantry needs, just give the pantry a call. In fact, Hendley is always touched when community members call to see what the pantry really needs. Financial donations are also greatly appreciated. By donating your time, resources or both, you can make a monumental difference in the lives of your fellow community members. In coming together to support our neighbors in need, we can help Utah Community Action in its mission to end poverty and change families’ lives forever.

HEBER FOOD PANTRY
34 W 200 S, Heber City
Open Tuesdays and Fridays
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on volunteering or arranging food drives, call 435-654-2182 or email Bryce Hendley at bhendley@communityacutionuc.org.