For the sixth consecutive year, All West Communications has been able to provide a monetary donation to give much-needed funds for local food banks in their service areas. This year, the following food banks will receive a combined donation of $5,000:
- Bountiful Food Pantry, Bountiful, UT
- Christian Center of Park City, Park City, UT
- Community Action Services, Coalville, UT
- Community Action Services, Oakley, UT
- Food Bank of Sweetwater County, Green River, WY
- Food Bank of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, WY
- Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, Ogden, UT
- The Lord’s Storehouse, Evanston, WY
- Tooele Community Resource Center, Tooele, UT
- Weber Cares Pantry at Weber State University, Ogden, UT
All West believes in making a difference in the communities they serve. Their Community Connections program allows them to support local non-profit groups, community events, and neighbors. Each year, over $50,000 is given back to the community.
Since 2018, All West has been able to give back to the communities by providing funds to local food banks. They are happy to contribute to these food banks, as they are a vital part of the community. While resources are needed all year long, the start of the holiday season in November creates a greater need for donations. The donations will help each food bank be able to provide food and supplies in the spirit of the season of giving!
Kay Rossiter, director of The Lord’s Storehouse in Evanston, WY, expressed appreciation for All West’s continued support. “We are feeding 250 families a week right now and every dollar is being put to use,” stated Rossiter. In addition to helping families, pantry donations also help support the operation so it can stay open to the community.
This year, All West included the communities of Farmington, Tooele and Ogden, UT in their food bank donations. They are actively building their fiber network in each of the cities and wanted to show their gratitude to the residents. The Bountiful Food Pantry, serving residents of Farmington, believes in their mission to relieve hunger and increase self-sufficiency of Davis County residents living in need. The Tooele Community Resource Center provides food assistance, along with housing assistances and a thrift store in Tooele. “Your donation is so needed and appreciated,” expressed Food Bank and Resource Center Director, Christie Johnson.
The Weber Cares Pantry with the Center for Community Engaged Learning at Weber State University is very grateful for this generous donation from All West Communications. Financial donations such as this will be used to continue to stock the critical food and resource needs for students as we head into the holiday season. “Last year, we distributed over 21,000 pounds of food to over 2,000 visitors,” stated Teresa Martinez, Student Engagement Coordinator. The pantry heavily relies on private donations and donations from food banks. Waiting for these donations, however, leads to bare shelves due to the high demand of food from the students. Having the financial ability to go directly to the stores to buy food allows them to stock the pantry right away to meet needs while waiting for other donations to come in. “We are on track to exceed the number of visitors this year, which only increases our need for more donations to meet demand. We look forward to utilizing these generous funds in useful ways to continue to meet the food needs of our students,” said Martinez.
All West encourages their customers to find ways to give back to their communities this year. Here are a few ways to give back:
Donate your time by volunteering with local organizations. Local non-profits, schools, shelters, senior centers and food banks are always looking for people willing to help their cause. Websites like Great NonProfits, Feeding America, JustServe and even local Facebook groups are great ways to find volunteer opportunities.
A random act of kindness can go a long way! You never know who around you needs help, or even a pick-me-up after a rough day at work. Consider shoveling your neighbor’s driveaway after a nighttime snowstorm or baking cookies for your coworker’s family. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides free resources to help you make kindness the norm.
Physical and monetary donations are an effective way to help your community. Find out if your local food bank is accepting donations and what items they need the most. It’s as easy as adding a few extra cans of food to your shopping cart next time you get groceries. Thrift stores also take donations of new and gently used items. Don’t have any items to donate? A $10 donation is just as helpful to local organizations. Your gift will always make a difference!
Giving back helps aid, support and make a difference in community members’ lives. All West believes in supporting the communities they serve and help give back year-round through their Community Connections program.
We wish you a very Happy Holidays and a joyful New Year!