Park City Recreation food-drive
July 26, 2011
Park City Recreation Summer Camp donated 762 nonperishable food items to the Christian Center in Park City on July 21.
Matt Rogers, Park City Recreation summer camp director, said he made the food drive a competition in order to get more donations.
The food drive among 50 campers started on July 11 and lasted for two weeks.
Rogers said "Team out of Town" and "The Park City Collectors" tied, with each team donating 381 items.
The campers collected items by going door-to-door and from their own pantries.
He said the winners’ prize included a field trip to the Christian Center where campers stood in an assembly line to deliver the items into the food pantry.
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According to Rogers, his goal was to collect 500 nonperishable items, but the campers boosted donations by creating flyers during an arts and crafts session.
David Johnson, Christian Center manager, said local participation is key.
"We have a lot of fresh food that comes through, but nonperishable items are absolutely mandatory," Johnson said.
Johnson said it’s also important as a young person to understand the importance of supporting fellow community members.
"We try to make it understandable that any person could need food. The person giving today could be the one needing food tomorrow," he said.
Johnson said between 70 and 90 families use the food pantry daily.
He said July and August are typically the center’s slowest months for donations, so the camp’s donation came at the perfect time.