This year, Harmons’ turkey drive is more important than ever because donations to food pantries are down, but the need for holiday and emergency food supplies are high.
“We are serving an average of 76 families each day; that means 380 families need emergency food every week of the year,” Glenn Bailey, executive director for Crossroads Urban Center, was quoted in a press release. “Children make up almost 40 percent of those we serve, and the number of homeless families is up significantly.”
The public is encouraged to buy $10 tax deductible Gift for a Gift turkey certificates at Harmons’ cash registers. The donations will go toward buying Thanksgiving turkeys for the Utah Food Bank to deliver to local food pantries such as Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City, and others in St. George, Orem and Ogden. Harmons will match donations with its own gift of $10,000 worth of turkeys.
Starting in November and carrying on through the holidays, Harmons will also sell $10 Food for Families Bags pre-filled with meal essentials, that shoppers can buy and drop off in handy Utah Food Bank barrels at the front of Harmons’ stores.