More than 8,000 low-income Utahns have received fresh fruits and vegetables during the first two weeks of the Share the Harvest Program. Lots of people stood in line. Fruit was plentiful. And Utahns turned out in large numbers as volunteers to make the program work.
But home-grown vegetables, usually a staple of the annual Utahns Against Hunger food giveaway, have been in short supply. "We have not seen a lot of vegetables - not even zucchini," said Gina Cornia, Share the Harvest Coordinator.The LDS Church donated pasta, hot dogs, hand soaps and shampoo.The USDA provided peanut butter and items like split peas, while Smith's donated potatoes and zucchini. The first Sunday in September, 1,021 families (more than 3,600 individuals) in Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and Richfield received food packages and information about programs that provide assistance to low-income people. The second week, Cornia said 1,456 families with 5,146 members queued up for the food.
Richfield's Share the Harvest Program is over; Mt. Pleasant, Price and Roosevelt will have one this week only, and Ogden's program ends Sunday. Layton will hold a garden giveaway Saturday; Salt Lake City and Provo will continue on Sundays through September.
To find out how to donate garden produce or to learn giveaway sites, call 328-2561 in Salt Lake City or toll-free 1-800-453-3663.