Mission: Community Action Services and Food Bank is dedicated to fostering self-reliance in individuals, families and the community. We envision vibrant, sustainable communities throughout Utah, Wasatch and Summit Counties where each resident has: Safe and affordable housing; Adequate economic opportunities; and People in their life they can count on.
Target demographics: address emergency needs such as food, shelter, utilities. We also provide many programs and classes to help those in poverty to find a way out. Our mortgage counseling and home buyer programs help many attain the dream of owning a home a reality.
Geographic areas served: Utah, Wasatch and Summit Counties with our primary service area being Utah County for extended services
Programs: Community action food bank alleviates hunger by providing food/basic needs packages, counseling, budgeting and referrals to other community services. The program provided 19,931 food and basic needs packages to 5,996 unduplicated households (15,752 people). The food bank also provided food to 26+ community partner organizations for distributions to their low-income clients. The total pounds of food distributed was just over 5 million. The food bank operates several of its own food pantries as well as five community gardens. The expense includes the value of the donated food from community food drives, grocers, food industry, farmers, and usda commodities. Our back packs for kids program served 1,400 children in 10 low-income schools.
the family development and support services program provided a variety of direct services to help eligible households stabilize and work toward self-reliance. These services include: eviction prevention/rent help (107), emergency shelter (466), transportation assistance (598), case management, life skill training, goal setting, and more. In fy 2014, 1,280 households were assisted in this program.
the education/advocacy programs purpose is to connect people with resources in the community and to engage community members as volunteers and in a variety of service opportunities. The program also informs and educates community members about local poverty and hunger. In fy 2014 more than 8,377 people volunteered with the agency.
I have met the most caring, dedicated and wonderful people working at Community Action. I was hired to lead the Circles Utah Valley team and that has given me the privilege to become part of the Circles Community. I have gotten to know some really courageous people who are willing to work hard, be vulnerable, and make changes to their lives so that they can be more financially secure and increase their sense of well-being in many aspects of their lives. The volunteers that work with Circles are also some of the most amazing people I have met, giving up their time every week to help those who are struggling by sharing their talents, gifts and friendship with them. Associating with wonderful people and seeing the progress and successes of our participants over time is the "why" of my working here. They have all taught me so much.
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Community Action Services and Food Bank provides many services to people in need one of the most satisfying things any agency can do. It brings a great reward to the heart of many to see the joy and relief in the faces of people who find themselves coming up a bit short every month with food, rent money, deposits and much more. A single mother with five growing children who just lost her home or an elderly woman struggling to keep her home on a very limited fixed income, or a homeless person unable to buy food. Everyone has a true story and every story has a face of gratitude when they are able to feed and provide shelter for their family. Sometimes getting back on your feet is not easy and families need a helping hand. Our agency is greatly impacted by the face-to-face involvement with those in need who have received assistance from Community Action Services and Food Bank. I would like to thank everyone working at Community Action and the Food Bank for their good work that changes lives daily.