With summer in full swing, Tabitha’s Way South Local Food Pantry is calling on the community to help combat summer hunger.
The summer months are a time when many child feeding programs are discontinued while school is out, leading to an increased need for food assistance. Unfortunately, summer is also when the pantry receives the least amount of donations, making it challenging to meet the increased demand.
This year, the pantry faced an even greater challenge as the three largest state-wide food drives produced 50% less food donations than the prior year, likely due to inflation. Despite the challenges, Tabitha’s Way South Local Food Pantry has continued to serve populations that were not previously food insecure, including lower-end middle-class families.
Wendy Osborne, Executive Director of Tabitha’s Way South Local Food Pantry, spoke about the growing need for donations.
“We are seeing more families than ever before who are struggling to put food on the table,” Osborne said. “We are grateful for the donations we receive, but we need more help to meet the increased demand during the summer months.”
Tabitha’s Way South Local Food Pantry is calling on businesses, service organizations, and the community to hold food drives or bring in food donations to help combat summer hunger. Fresh produce from home gardens are also welcome.
“We know that hunger doesn’t take a vacation, and we need the community’s help to ensure that families have access to the food they need,” Osborne said.
Tabitha’s Way South Local Food Pantry is a non-profit organization that provides food assistance to individuals and families in need in South Utah County. For more information on how to donate or get involved, please visit their website www.taibthaswaysouth.org.