Utahns Against Hunger is organizing its 10th annual "Share the Harvest," a project that solicits home-grown vegetables and fruits, along with other food items, to be distributed to needy people around the state. Besides food, the recipients are given information on community resources.
The program began in 1982 with a single distribution site at Utahns Against Hunger's former office. The national recession was just hitting Utah, and the sight of more than 500 people lined up to get a sack of vegetables presented one of the first disturbing images of the crisis many Utahns were experiencing.Since then, the project and the number of people living in poverty have expanded. Each summer, the project distributes between 2,500 and 4,000 generous food packages. Besides the produce, grocery stores, wholesale firms and local bakeries donate food. More than 250 volunteers sack the food and distribute it.
"Right now, we're asking home gardeners to plant an extra row in their gardens to help feed hungry people," said Steve Blackman, UAH staff member in charge of the project. "We're also starting to line up our distribution sites and identify church and community groups to help staff the sites."
Utahns Against Hunger is urging church and community groups throughout Utah to consider sponsoring a local Share-the-Harvest project or to support an already organized project. In past years there have been projects in Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Midvale, Provo, Price, Richfield and Delta.
For more information, call 328-2561. Outside of Salt Lake, call toll-free 1 (800) 453-3663.