Food Pantry seeking donations amid binge buying of groceries

Chris Dewey a volunteer at the Cache Food Pantry puts donuts from a box into a bag for patrons needing food.

LOGAN – Matt Whitaker, Cache Community Food Pantry administrator, is feeling the effects of binge buying throughout Cache Valley.

Miyia Garren and Katelyn Muir both volunteers divide lunch meat into smaller portions at the Cache Food Pantry Wednesday.

“We usually go around and pick up excess food from grocery stores and with people buying more food than usual there is less for us,” he said. “And, with the Feed Utah 2020 food drive being cancelled we are okay on the short term, but we, long term, could be in trouble.”

He said people can still bring donations to the food pantry. Alternatively, if someone wants food pantry employees or volunteers to buy the food they can donate money online and the pantry can do the shopping for them.

“I have seen a spike in applications since this month,” Whitaker said. “We are currently helping around 800 families.”

He said the donations are down so it is hard to keep volunteers busy.

“Normally, I would take volunteers, but I don’t have that much for them to do right now,” he said. “Some of my volunteers are senior citizens and are more vulnerable and many of them are not coming in.”

The food pantry offers ways to donate financially and all the forms can be found on their website www.cachefoodpantry.com or contact Matt at (435) 753-7140.

The Cache Food Pantry officials are seeking donations in the absents of Feed Utah 2020 food drive canceled due to the Coronavirus scare.

There are other ways to donate to the food pantry, as well:

  1. Check or Money Order can be mail with a completed donation form.
  2. Credit Card donations can be made directly to Cache Community Food Pantry.
  3. Monthly contributions can be made to the Cache Community Food Pantry as a sustaining donor through recurring credit card charges, direct bill pay or automated withdrawals from a bank.
  4. Shop on Amazon with this special link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0512889, and the food pantry will receive a small commission.
  5. Donate fruit from your trees or produce from your garden, or even garden space.

 

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