The Utah AIDS Foundation serves individuals living with HIV and their families. We have a food pantry that is open weekly where our clients can come to get food as well as other personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. We are working to increase the nutritional value of foods that we offer and we want to limit the amount of high sugar and high sodium products at our pantry. We love healthy fresh food like fruits and vegetables, as well as prepared foods that require little preparation. We also love spices, flour, and other baking/cooking supplies. Toiletries and hygiene products are always accepted.
Our pantry is open to clients weekly on Fridays, so we prefer to receive donations on Thursday to maximize freshness, but we may be open to receiving donations on other weekdays if Thursday donations are not possible.
Our parking lot is located behind the building and can be found by following the driveway on the south side of the building to the back. Volunteers can also park on the street in front of the building if there is space. The food donation can be brought up the outdoor stairs that are located on the front, south side of the building. There is a door straight ahead at the top of the stairs that the donation can be brought through and someone will be there to pick the donation up. In case no one is there, contact Ellie, or the donation can be left inside the door and someone will pick it up.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.