Snow, wind and cold didn’t stop the residents of Morgan County from making the annual Scouting for Food Drive one of the most successful ever! Over four tons of food, or 8000lbs, filled and overflowed the shelves, boxes, and carts of the Morgan Food Pantry Saturday, March 17, 2018. From 9 am to noon, Boy Scouts and their leaders from across the valley trooped into the basement of the Morgan City Building, bearing yellow Scouting for Food grocery bags filled with life-sustaining love from one member of the community to another. “We are here for everyone,” Morgan County Food Pantry Director Julie Miller explained. “If someone in our community needs help, I hope they come see us or have a friend who will let them know about us. We want to help make it easier for those in our community who are struggling.”
After the Scouts dropped off the food, another army of volunteers helped sort and organize the food for those who will benefit from this great public service. Morgan County Council Member Austin Turner, along with wife Alysha and kids, were among the volunteers. “I love to see the community come together in this way,” Turner remarked. “There is so much good in our community, and all you have to do to find it is look around. This is an amazing day and hats off to Julie Miller. She does an amazing job with the Food Pantry. Hats off to Morgan County for all the good that people do.”
Many of the Morgan Stake Troops arrived earlier in the morning dropping off cans, boxes and bags of food, and as things were finally slowing down, Colton Miller, along with six trucks packed full arrived from the Morgan North Stake. Miller, a Life Scout from Mountain Green, received permission to organize his Stake’s Scouting for Food Drive for his Eagle Scout Project. He reported that he was able to be successful in the food drive because he had great Scout leaders like Jason Pollad.
Food Pantry Director Julie Miller noted, “This is the most food we have received in several years. It is amazing. People sent so many of the things that we need like canned meats, mac n’ cheese, paper goods and diapers and wipes. It was so nice for people to check the expiration dates and send us food that we can use now and in the future.”
“We will take the food brought in today and sort it over the next month or so. The 2018 food we will put out immediately and the 2019/2020 food we will save to use when the 2018 food runs out. This food will help fill the shelves of our pantry for the next year,” Miller clarified.
The Morgan Food Pantry is open Mondays from 4-6 pm and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-noon and can be reached at 801-829-8533 (please leave a message if no one answers). Donations are always accepted (except large furniture items), and monetary donations can be made through the Morgan County Treasurer’s Office. Monetary donations helped provide Christmas for over 30 local families last year and also help pay utility bills of those who need assistance.
“The Food Pantry is so much more than food. We are happy to help anyone in the community in any way we can. We have helped provide medical, dental and vision care for community members. Several people have received dental treatment through the Pantry from many volunteer hours by dentists,” Director Miller expounded.
“On the third Tuesday, following the first Monday of each month, the State Food Bank Truck is at the fire station from 10:30 to 11:30, and they provide fresh food to members of our community in need as well,” Miller added.
She concluded, “Our community is amazing, and I am so grateful for the support we receive. The people of Morgan County do so much good. I just have to mention an item we need on Facebook, and the community comes through. We live in a great place where people help each other. Look for the good in Morgan! It is everywhere!”