"I would say the need is a third higher this time of year because of international and seasonal workers. And the ski season brings a lot of people as well," said Rob Harter, Christian Center of Park City Executive Director.
Beginning opening day on Nov. 23, Canyons Resort hopes to collect at least 17 barrels of non-perishable goods for the Christian Center.
The timing couldn't be more perfect, Harter said, as the Christian Center has gone through a lot of non-perishable food since the beginning of the year, and the stock needs to be replenished.
"It's ironic that our non-perishable items, such as cans and boxes, are running a little low," Harter said. "We continue to grow, so our demand is higher overall. So this is really important."
The Christian Center estimates more than 5,000 Summit and Wasatch County families will utilize the Christian Center's food pantry during the holiday season. The Christian Center has already served 41,000 people in both counties so far this year.
While there are a few drives over the spring and summer, the largest drives are in the winter. "We get stock in large quantities in November, December and January. So we utilize that the rest of the year," he said.
This is the first time the Christian Center has partnered with the Canyons Resort for a food drive.
"They wanted to do something to give back to the community, and particularly during this time of year, to help people in the community that really are in need," Harter said. "They're going to put a food barrel in every hotel, many restaurants and several other places on the mountain itself for all their guests to be aware of it, and hopefully to be a part of it and participate."
The Canyons Resort has set a goal to collect at least 9,990 pounds of non-perishable food and baby items during the drive.
The most needed items include:
- White rice
- Dried beans
- Cooking oil
- Macaroni and cheese
- Non-refrigerated juice
- Canned soup
- Peanut butter
- Baby food
- Baby formula
- Baby wipes