Responding to challenges of food insecurity families and individuals are facing in Provo, the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation’s Farmers Feeding Utah campaign held its most recent ‘Miracle Project’ and delivery of free food in Provo in conjunction with the annual convention of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.
The event provided food donations to approximately 500 families in Provo at the Utah Valley Convention Center. The donations will included beef, pork, milk, cheese, eggs, apples, squash, potatoes, and other seasonal produce.
"I think it's just great because a lot of people can't afford a lot of food," said one woman who was in line to a KSL reporter. "For them to be able to give some out really helps a lot of people."
"Maybe people who don't have the high-paying jobs are just trying to make ends meet," said Clayton Beckstead, Director of the Miracle of Ag Foundation. "Maybe this helps bridge the gap until payday."
Farmers Feeding Utah is a campaign of the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that was set up as the charitable arm of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Additional logistical and in-kind support has come from invaluable partners, including Utah State University (USU) and its Hunger Solutions Institute & Create Better Health program, and the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food (UDAF).
Additional donations and contributions for the project in Provo were made by The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cal-Maine Foods of Delta, DairyWest, and Farm Bureau Financial Services. Financial Donations to the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation for the Farmers Feeding Utah project are used to purchase, process, and deliver food to families in need, giving both Utah families and farmers a hand up.
To date, the Farmers Feeding Utah campaign has provided approximately 1.7 million pounds of food, with a retail value of more than $3.7 Million and approximately 40,000 Utah residents in the Navajo Nation, Logan, West Salt Lake, Vernal, Provo, Ogden, Kanab, Castle Dale, Orem, Layton, Grantsville, Oakley, Duchesne, Panguitch Moab, Price, West Valley, Enoch and smaller community pantries throughout the Wasatch Front. To make a tax-deductible contribution to this project, individuals and businesses can go to FarmersFeedingUtah.org.