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L’Oakley to fight poverty

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

Oakley’s new farmers market will be kicking off next weekend, and to describe it as a ‘community market’ would be no understatement.

The L’Oakley Grown Community Market, starting Sat., June 29, is a weekly outdoor market that will feature fresh produce vendors, arts and crafts, jewelers, food and live music. L’Oakley Market Co-Executive Director Kate Boyd expressed why such a market is significant.

"It’s our inaugural market, so it’s just something new that Eastern Summit County residents have really been asking for," Boyd said.

Also present at the market will be numerous non-profit groups, one of which is Community Action Service and Food Bank.

The organization, based in Provo, has the mission of "fostering self-reliance in individual, families and communities," according to its website. The group seeks to fight poverty with multiple services. Community Service Specialist Sharee Harris spoke about the group’s mission.

"We would love to help as many individuals as possible become self-reliant, and to eventually get rid of poverty," Harris said.

In addition to having food banks in three locations across Summit County, Community Action also provides the following services, according to their website:

A Family Development Program that assists families with finding stable housing, employment and other basic necessities

A Home Buyer and Mortgage Counseling Program that educates residents about home ownership and helps prevent foreclosures

The Circles Initiative, which is a two-year program that helps individuals living in generational poverty recognize and overcome their barriers to self-reliance

The Backpacks for Kids food program, which provides food to low-income elementary-aged children on the weekends

Boyd explained why they wanted a group such as Community Action at the event.

"We just really want to get the word out there that there is help for residents," Boyd said.

Boyd is happy to include non-profits that share similar philosophies, such as Utahans Against Hunger and the People’s Health Clinic.

"This is mostly about creating community observance, for [people] to know all the different non-profits that are out there to help them," Boyd said.

The L’Oakley Market will also be accepting food stamps this summer. Shoppers can swipe their EBT card and receive $1 tokens redeemable at vendors’ booths.

The efforts of the L’Oakley Market, Community Action and other non-profits at the event all coalesce into a simple goal: To provide healthy food and self-reliance to those in need. Harris stressed the importance of how Community Actions’ efforts hit home.

"Often you’re somewhere and you hear somebody talking about how they’ve lost their job or they’ve been hit with medical expenses," Harris said. "You can share with them that Community Action can help. They can help stabilize the situation and help you get back on your feet."

Community Action is always looking for food and financial donations, and will have a barrel available at the L’Oakley Market where individuals can donate food items.

The group’s three nearby food bank locations include: Kamas, located at 30 S. Main St., open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., phone number 435-783-4303; Coalville, located at 17 S. Main St., open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., closing at 12 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, phone number 435-336-4277, and Heber, located at 34 W. 200 S. Suite 4, open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., phone number 435-654-2182.

The L’Oakley Grown Community Market starts Saturday, June 29, and will be held every Saturday until August 10. It will be held on the grassy area of the Cattlemen’s Hall in Oakley at 911 W. Center St. For more information, visit http://www.loakleymarket.com or call 435-714-4036.

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