Sixth Annual 'No Hungry Neighbors' Food Drive

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Alta Municipal Utilities and the City of Alta are sponsoring their sixth annual food drive to serve the needy people in Alta. The winter season is fast approaching and it brings additional hardships with it. During the past year, volunteers at the Lord's Cupboard have witnessed an increase in the number of people needing assistance. That number will continue to grow as we struggle through this economic crisis. Together the community can make a difference in the lives of those in need and make sure no one in Alta goes hungry during the upcoming holiday season.

The purpose of "No Hungry Neighbors" is to help feed the working poor, the unemployed, the elderly, the disabled, the people on fixed incomes, the homeless and those experiencing temporary emergencies. The goal is to collect 3,000 to 3,200 pounds of food this year. Donations will be given to the local food pantry, The Lord's Cupboard, for distribution.

Suggested food item include: canned meat, hot dogs, tuna, cereals, canned fruit and vegetables, packaged meats, Jell-o, pudding, sugar, flour, juices, soups, spaghetti sauces, dry pasta, peanut butter, dish soap, laundry detergent and paper products.

Collection barrels are placed at Alta City Hall, 223 Main St. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you wish to make arrangements for donation pickup, please call city hall at 200-2105 or the utility office at 200-1122. Monetary donations would also be appreciated. Checks may be made out to "The Lord's Cupboard" and dropped off or mailed to city hall.

In conjunction with co-sponsoring the sixth annual food drive, Alta Municipal Utilities is also taking a proactive approach to energy efficiency. the utilities will give a compact fluorescent light bulb to every residence and business in Alta this Christmas season. The bulbs will not be delivered but can be picked up at the utility office at 223 S Main St.

Alta Utilities recognizes the value of energy conservation as a means of saving the consumer money and improving the carbon footprint on the environment. Recent studies show changing one light bulb per electric meter has the potential of a one percent decrease in energy consumption. The utilities realize this is a small step in solving the energy problem, but a step in the right direction.

Remember to ask for your compact fluorescent bulb when you stop at city hall or drop off your donation to the food drive.

Each donation, no matter how large or small, will play a significant part in helping Alta's neighbors in need. Watch for updates on the progress of the drive in reaching the 3,200-pound goal on the Altatec cable channel 3.