BOUNTIFUL — A large number of Davis County children will not be hungry this weekend thanks to the hard work of another large number of Davis County children.
Though they range in age from only 8- to 11-years old, girls from the Bountiful Utah Heights Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were not too young to work hard at organizing a food drive and fundraiser that would help provide Pantry Packs to the Bountiful Food Bank.
Those Pantry Packs, in turn, will be sent home on Fridays with children who otherwise might be hungry over the weekend.
The girls made posters, went door to door or set up collect boxes for foods. They doubled their goal, and the result was 13,000 pounds of food, enough to make 640 packs.
On a recent evening, the girls met with their mothers to assemble the packs and to learn more about the need for them.
“Hunger is real and we need your help,” said Lorna Koci, executive director of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry. “One in five children in Utah goes to bed hungry. We lose sleep over these little children and it’s why we’re here tonight.”
Hungry children, she said, might miss school, have lower grades or feel anger.
“When you’re hungry, your bodies sand brains don’t develop as they should,” she said.
Peaches, crackers, granola bars, oatmeal, fruit juice and more went into the zip-lock bags that were then given to the pantry.
Stephanie Jones, a counselor in the stake Primary organization, reported on the success of the drive to the girls.
“You made a difference,” she said.