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Donations, volunteers needed at Bountiful Food Pantry

Posted on: 8:48 pm, December 2, 2012, by , updated on: 12:03am, December 3, 2012

WOODS CROSS, Utah – The employees at Murdock Chevrolet in Woods Cross are doing their part to help those in need by stuffing a Mayflower for the Bountiful Food Pantry.

The dealership has a Mayflower moving van in its parking lot and Murdock has a goal to stuff it with as much canned food and clothing as possible. Donations will go to the Bountiful Food Pantry to feed people in Davis County.

The Mayflower has already been filled once, but the pantry needs enough food to last them through March. Each van holds about 25,000 pounds, which is equivalent of five months of donations to the food pantry.

Curtis Brough, the sales manager at Murdock Chevrolet, says the community has been supportive, but they need all the help they can get.

“It makes a big big difference to the people in our area. They’re going to have a good Christmas, so anything anybody can do sure helps to participate,” Brough said.

The Mayflower will be at the Murdock Chevrolet at 2375 South and 625 West in Woods Cross ready to be stuffed through Dec. 22. Stop by any time between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

They’re asking for donations of non-perishable food items like canned tuna, vegetables, chili and fruit, plus clothing, especially diapers and baby wipes.

Families of volunteers gather at the food pantry as moms, dads and even kids lent a helping hand by cleaning, sorting and, double bagging and doing other tasks.

“It’s not only good for us as the parents; it’s good for the kids. It’s good for us to do together because it builds our memories and helps us feel like we’ve contributed to the community and done something really worthwhile,” said volunteer Teresa Giles.

Teresa Giles and her family were in charge of cleaning the kitchen area, which turned out to be a big task.

“Think about a refrigerator that has six to eight hundred gallons of milk going through it every month. So what this family is cleaning out the refrigerator for us, cleaning up the floor, wiping off our shelves, doing stuff that we don’t really have enough time to do during the week,” said Lorna Koci, director of the Bountiful Food Pantry.

The food pantry serves between 600 and 700 families a month, and they say they couldn’t do it without a lot of help.

“We only have two employees here at the Bountiful Food Pantry, everyone else who serves here and helps our clients is a volunteer,” Koci said.

About 100 people volunteer throughout the week and more and more of those are families who volunteer together.

“We love the volunteers. They’re what make this possible and make it happen,” Koci said.

For more about the pantry and how to donate, visit www.bountifulfoodpantry.org.

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