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If parents are struggling to put food on the table, there is often no way to buy other items – items that may not be considered necessities. With school starting in a few weeks, many parents are already worried about how to afford supplies for their children. Tabitha’s Way Food Pantries in American Fork and Spanish Fork provides help to these children, hoping to alleviate some of the stress for parents. The public can help with this beautiful project.
“We’ve already had parents ask if we were going to do our backpack giveaway at the end of summer this year. So I feel there is real concern for families struggling to make ends meet during this high inflation season,” said Wendy Osborne, Founder of Tabitha’s Way South County.
For 12 years, Tabitha’s Way has donated hundreds of backpacks full of school supplies to children in need. This year, 2,500 backpacks will be distributed between the two pantries. Osborne said that due to donations raised through Light the World giving machines, they were able to purchase the backpacks. 500 additional preschool kits will be purchased for the children.
“The South Pantry works with local school districts to provide vouchers for children,” Osborne said. “However, anyone who comes to our event who is in need will not be turned away.” The Gear Up For School event will take place on July 30 from 9-11 a.m. at the indoor tennis courts at Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, 475 S. Main St..
Approximately 800 loaded backpacks will be donated to Alpine School District from the American Fork location of Tabitha’s Way to be donated to students in need. Others are given to children whose parents ask for help from the pantry for food.
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“We notify our customers and we give 400 backpacks to our customers who come in for food,” said Al Switzler, co-founder of Tabitha’s Way North County.
Additional supplies for this project are still needed and can be dropped off at the American Fork Pantry at 920 E. State Road. According to the Pantry’s Facebook page, requested items include good pencils, pencils, markers, pencil boxes, folders, notebooks, glue sticks, rulers and highlighters.
“If you’re living on the poverty line, you have to make the decision to buy backpacks or food or backpacks or gasoline,” Switzler said. “Children can be proud to go to school.”
In addition to preparing to donate backpacks and school supplies to students, the pantries are busy during the summer months – when the need is great because the children are not eating at school.
“We are currently short of food donations at the South Pantry. Some of the biggest food drives are in the spring or fall,” Osborne said.
The pantry currently needs canned cereals, sugar, flour, jelly, honey, canned meats, canned fruits, canned tomatoes, and canned meals, such as macaroni and cheese. cheese. They also lack essential hygiene products, including shampoo, soap and toilet paper.
Switzler said the American Fork food pantry also needed more food donations. “We have fewer organizations doing food drives over the summer,” he said. This food pantry serves approximately 1,000 people each week.
Another great way to help out is to volunteer at food pantries. “We’ve been fortunate to have many volunteers who come in regularly to help out in our pantry and serve customers,” Osborne said. “However, during the summer and early fall, many volunteers go on vacation with their families, so we need a little extra help.”