This is the second and last week for the Cache Valley Roundup which is an emergency fundraiser for the Cache Community Food Pantry. Pantry Director Matt Whittaker says with the bad economy the number of people needing food has been going up while the amount of contributions is going own. Whittaker says the pantry’s existing building is bursting at the seams and a new structure is urgently needed. He says $375,000 is needed by the end of the year to qualify for a grant. The plan to build a new, larger facility was a decision made out of necessity, not choice, Whittaker says. “We’re rapidly running out of room, both for the families that we serve and for the food that we need to store,” he continued. “We’ve been where we’re at since 1993. We started there. “It was wonderful. It was more room than we ever thought we’d need. But the valley has grown so we have more people donating, people needing assistance, and we need to be growing with it.” Whittaker says four local grocery stores are donating part of their profits this week in what is being called a Cache Valley Roundup to help meet the fundraising goal. “That’s what we are really hoping to accomplish with working with these grocery stores to say, ‘Look, we’ve worked together here to raise some local money,'” Whittaker said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday. “I really have to hand it to these grocery stores, especially with the short notice I gave them on this. “And these are different grocery stores. They’re all competing for your dollar. But they’ve come together for a common cause to help us raise this money for this building.” Whittaker said the four participating grocery stores are Ridley’s in Hyrum, Macey’s in Providence and Lee’s Marketplace in both Logan and Smithfield.
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