by Anna Fonnesbeck

2-1-1 Database and Informaiton Specialist

For most American families, Thanksgiving is a time for gathering around a table full of family, friends, and good food. It is a time for sharing of traditions and making new memories. But in these rough economic times, more and more families are finding that other things take priority over even a basic Thanksgiving meal and they face missing out on their family traditions.

In the past, the Utah Food Bank has been able to collect enough Turkey donations to fill most of the need in Utah. However, donations have been down this year, and the expectation is that many families hoping for help will not be served.

If you are interested in helping another family this Thanksgiving, please take donations directly to the Utah Food Bank, 3150 South 900 West, or call 2-1-1 for other opportunities.

You can also volunteer at the following places:

Greek Orthodox Church……………. 328-9681

Address: 279 South 300 West

Date/Time: Nov. 24th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Volunteers needed.

Salt Lake City Mission……………….. 355-6310

Address: Christian Life Church

1055 N. Redwood Rd.

Date/Time:  Thursday, Nov 24 7 am – 5 pm

Turkey dinner served all day in addition to hygiene kits, clothing, blankets, and free phone calls to family and friends. Volunteers needed.

Adventure Church……………………….816-9135

Address: 352 West 12300 South

Date/Time: Nov.24th 2 pm – 8 pm

Call the main number and be ready to give the number of people attending and city they live in.

Must live in South Jordan, West Jordan, Herriman, Draper, or Bluffdale.

Volunteers needed 12pm-10pm.