Provo Community Action Services and Food Bank has seen an increase of first-time users during the COVID-19 pandemic by 4% during 2021. However, the Utah County community has answered the call to serve those in need.
Tom Hogan, assistant director of the Community Action Services and Food Bank, said, “Community Action Services and Food Bank is all about keeping a roof over your head and food in your home.”
According to the Labor Department of Utah, the unemployment rate is over 4%. Therefore, the number of people who are having difficulties to meet the basic needs is much higher than previous years due to COVID-19.
Hogan also declared that there are people who need that extra help. “There are families that realized if they don’t have help they are going to sink and we don’t want anyone sinking,” Hogan said.
Despite the difficulties faced by the state, Utahans have generously responded to the call to help their neighbors.
The number of donations increased up to 9 percent in the last year, allowing the food bank to serve the community.
The Provo Food Bank receives over 300 pounds of food each month from donations.
According to the volunteer coordinator of the Community Action Services and Food Bank, Hillary Whittaker, they have different plans to help the community be involved in this cause, even from home. “From home, volunteers can make hygiene kits to give to people in need,” Hillary said.
Utah County people are making a difference during the country’s health crisis by helping each other during this difficult time.
Community Action Services and Food Bank is available for donations Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you want to donate please visit their website: www.communityactionuc.org