Heber City–Community Action Services and Food Bank has opened a new school pantry at Wasatch High to serve junior high and high school students facing food insecurity. Approximately 1 in 6 students struggle with hunger issues in Wasatch County. The pantry is located at 800 South 200 East in the old middle school just west of Wasatch High School.
Community Action Services and Food Bank, along with 20 student leaders and volunteers, recently unloaded 4,000 pounds of food to provide the initial pantry stock in preparation for opening with the new school year. Administrators will set pantry hours based on need. Officials estimate the new pantry will initially help 20-30 children per week, based on experience with other school pantries. Studies show that having consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active life will enhance educational outcomes and improve student experience.
The idea for the new food pantry came after meetings with community members, teachers, school officials and the Wasatch Community Foundation. Heber is unique in some ways due to the number of lower-income families who live there but the parents work in Park City. Often those children may be left without much food while their parents are working — especially during the holidays.
“The goal of the pantry is to help students who are struggling with food insecurity,” said Dave Smith, food bank manager for Community Action Services and Food Bank. “Children who are hungry have more learning challenges, behavioral issues, and physical and mental health concerns. We want the kids to be able to focus on succeeding in school without worrying about being hungry. When kids do well it is better for everyone. Communities are healthier and futures are brighter.”
Community Action Services and Food Bank continues to run its food pantry for individuals and families in Heber at 34 W. 200 South. It also provides Nutrition Paks to elementary students in need.
For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank and how you can help go to http://communityactionuc.org or call (801) 373- 8200.
About Community Action Services and Food Bank
Community Action Services and Food Bank fosters self-sufficiency in families and individuals. The focus is on stabilizing families with housing and food assistance, then providing help with programs, education and referral support to assist those who are struggling with poverty. Since 1967 the agency has been meeting basic human needs (like food, shelter and housing) while providing individuals and families long-term solutions to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency. This can enable people to move out of poverty.
Community Action Services and Food Bank changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. We envision vibrant and sustainable communities where each resident has safe and affordable housing, economic opportunities and people in their life they can count on.