(UNEDITED) Each year, local area food pantries rely on two major food drives to stock our shelves until the holidays; the Boy Scout and the Mail Carrier food drive. I have had the honor of serving as the Director of Catholic Community Services, Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank in Ogden for the past two years. It is difficult to express the gratitude that feels my heart when I see the end result of these efforts. This year, over 155,000 pounds of food was collected. My appreciation goes out to the hundreds of Mail Carriers, Boy Scouts and leaders who worked so hard to collect this food on our behalf.
A client editorial a few weeks ago paints a picture of the average person who visits our food pantry; they are the working poor, the disabled, the elderly, single moms and struggling students. Contrary to what the previous editorial indicated, we do not throw out "tons" of expired food. In fact, we throw away very little. We try to provide information to our clients about expiration dates versus sell by or best by dates. Canned food is generally safe to eat long past the date if stored properly.
CCS provides an average of 1700 households with a food basket each month.
This is not something we could accomplish alone. Again, thank you for joining hands with millions of others in every community, in every State to stock the shelves of local food pantries. Your help DOES make a difference.