Our pantry was started in 1969 in a closet at the Box Elder County Courthouse. When local churches or law enforcement came across emergency food situations, they would call us. A volunteer would meet the person in need at the courthouse and give him or her a box of food. In the past 40+ years, we have expanded into a facility of over 5,500 square feet, including a warehouse and grocery store. Though our facility has grown, our vision remains the same: to have no family in Box Elder County with food insecurity.
We are a customer choice pantry, allowing people to choose their goods based on a nutritional point system. This provides the experience of shopping at a grocery store, eliminates waste, and helps our customers make healthy choices. We also participate in the Grocery Rescue program. Through this program, we go to grocery stores and distribution centers in our community and pick up still-good products being pulled from the shelves. Additionally, we encourage gardeners in Box Elder County to "Grow a Row" in their gardens for our customers.
We strive to offer holistic solutions to the needs of our community. To do this, we engage in creative partnerships. For example: