LDS youth gather, assemble pantry packs

by Jenniffer WARDELL

FARMINGTON—It was a chance to help local students in need.

For their recent 2018 Youth Conference, young adults from the Farmington 14th Ward came together to create pantry packs for hungry Davis County children and teens. The young adults worked together to gather food for and put together around 4,000 packs, which are 2 lb pound bags of food sent home with students on weekends when free school breakfasts and lunches aren’t an option.

“It gave us the opportunity to kind of look outside ourselves,” said Rebekah Hacking, who took part in the event. “A lot of the time we’re so self-centered we fail to look around us at all the people who need help.”

Earlier in the week, the young adults divided into four teams and stationed themselves in the parking lot of different Centerville grocery stores. They handed out fliers with the list of items needed for the pantry packs, hoping to encourage people to purchase the items and bring them back outside to the collection containers.

“We stood outside and basically begged people for food,” said Hacking. “It was a really cool experience, because we were able to educate people about the need in our community. I don’t think people realize that kids go hungry here.”

Logan Stanford, who also attended the event, said he was touched by people’s responses.

“I had so many experiences where people showed such selflessness and love for the kids,” he said.

Trevor Farnes, co-founder of MTN OPS, also donated money to purchase food. After it was all purchased and gathered, the teens formed assembly lines and re-packaged it all into individual pantry packs for the Bountiful Food Pantry.

“I loved watching all the people from the different social and friend groups come together with a smile and work hard to reach our goal,” said Stanford.

Everyone was so dedicated that they exceeded their original goal.

“You could really feel the Spirit in the room,” said Hacking. “When the pizza came, no one even stopped working.”

Though the event is over, Stanford said that it left a lasting impression with him about the importance of service.

“The amount of work we put in is only going to be able to sustain those in need for about two – three weeks,” he said. “More work needs to be done, and the amount of joy and fun I’ve experienced is well worth the time and effort to do it again.”


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