The Park Record editorial, November 25-27, 2009 |

The Park Record editorial, November 25-27, 2009

Price of admission: a can of food

A humble can of food serves as the price of admission for a number of exclusive Park City joints this week. In fact, for the cost of a can of soup, you can dance the night away tonight at the Star Bar or, bowl a game at the new Jupiter Bowl bowling alley at New Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. It is all part of an effort by local businesses to support local food banks and alleviate hunger in Park City and surrounding communities this holiday season.

Everyone, it seems, is stepping up to respond what appears to be a growing need during these tough economic times. Have you?

From the school kids’ canned-food drives to an all-out effort by the Park City Board of Realtors to fill a big rig with turkeys and other groceries, the community is rallying. That means, at least this week, families whose budgets are stretched to the max will be able to feast on Thanksgiving and perhaps have some left over to tide them through December.

In the past, the specter of hunger seemed like a distant threat. Parkites contributed to the annual food drives, thinking, for the most part, the food went to shelters in Salt Lake City and beyond. This year, though, we are hearing that the pantries in Summit County are having trouble keeping their shelves full and that demand is still on the upswing.

The food bank at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park City recently issued an emergency call for supplies which was generously answered by the local Elks Chapter. And this Thursday morning the Christian Center will get a leg up from runners who enter the Turkey Trot at the LDS Stake Center on Monitor Drive. The entry fee: a few cans of food, of course.

Earlier this month, local literati had a chance to expunge their overdue fees at the library and a new boutique on Main Street, Upstairs at Muddy’s, offered opening-day discounts to those who brought in nonperishable donations.

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If it is true that "what goes around, comes around," Summit County residents have built up a pretty big savings account of good karma. They have shipped food and clothing to victims of Hurricane Katrina, collected coins for Kenya, sent shoes to Haiti and started countless drives to help people all over the world. These days, though, the needy are much closer to home.

This Thanksgiving, try to find a way to share your bounty with others. You just might score a strike at the bowling alley or a dance at the bar.