Sanpete Food Pantry and Wasatch Academy are joining forces to support the Pantry Kid Pack program while reducing cardboard waste in Sanpete County landfills.
Historically underfunded, Sanpete Pantry will now receive all cardboard collected around campus and then sell it to a third party. The additional revenue raised by this collaborative recycling program will support the Pantry Kid Pack program, which provides 6 to 8-pound packs of food to elementary school students who may be at risk of going without food over a weekend. At present, the program provides 450 food packs per month throughout the county. “Programs like this allow us to make more efficient use of limited resources. Sanpete County residents are some of the most generous people and when they are made aware of a need they respond,” states Sean Kearney, Director of Sanpete Pantry.
The partnership was created in August 2017 after Wasatch Academy’s Director of Experiential Education and Sustainability, Dr. Joel Barnes, wanted to reach outside of the Wasatch Academy community and build partnerships with local and regional organizations. “This partnership highlights a beautiful synergy of ecological justice, recycling, and social justice while helping the underprivileged and hungry youth in our local communities,” says Barnes. “It’s a tangible demonstration that Wasatch Academy is dedicated to the environment and the people in our communities.”
More than just donating cardboard, students of Wasatch Academy regularly offer their help to the Pantry allowing other Pantry volunteers to focus their energies elsewhere.
Businesses in the North Sanpete County area that are interested in getting involved with the Pantry Kid Pack program should contact Sean Kearney at 435-262-7841 or the Sanpete Pantry at 435-462-3006. The Pantry will arrange to drop off a recycling bin (if desired) and to pick up the cardboard at least once per week. A weatherproof cover is provided.
Barnes encourages community members interested in being a force for change to “look around you. There are ecological and social issues everywhere. Pick one you care about the most and do something!”