BOUNTIFUL — Are you or your junior and senior high school-aged kids looking for something meaningful to do this summer?
Participating in the Pantry Kids program of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry not only helps the pantry but gives kids, ages 12-18, a positive outlet – while not taking too much of their time.
“We meet one or two times a week during the summer,” said volunteer program coordinator Sunny Johnson. “Sometimes we’re in the warehouse stocking shelves, other times we’re doing a car wash as a free service to the patrons.”
She called it a great way to build awareness of the pantry among the younger population, who generally have no idea it exists or that there are people in need locally.
This is the third year for the program, which last year drew about 30 youngsters. Not everyone has to attend each week. Often there are a half dozen involved each week, she said.
The car wash starts June 2 and on June 5 at 7 p.m. an ice cream party kickoff is set for the kids at the pantry.
Food sorting typically takes place once every other week and will start June 12, Johnson said.
On warehouse food sorting days, a parent is required to accompany any children up to the age of 14. Those aged 12 and over can participate in the car wash and don’t need a parent to come with them, she said.
She is a single mother with a 6 year-old who is finishing a master’s degree in counseling.
“This fits perfectly,” Johnson said. “I just want to help the pantry. My son Chris comes and helps with the car washes, just thinks the pantry’s the greatest place.”
The final car wash will take place Aug. 21.
“We are so grateful for the support we receive from these young people,” said Lorna Koci, executive director of the pantry. “It’s great that they can get involved at such a young age, and maybe continue their association through their lives.”
For more information or to register, visit bountifulfoodpantry.org.