Church members and neighbors alike joined in a statewide food collection Nov. 15, the one-day "Help Your Neighbor" drive, sponsored by the Utah Food Bank and the Alliance for Unity.
Food donations were accepted at many local businesses and churches, and collected by local Scout troops and volunteers. About 297,000 pounds of food was collected along the Wasatch Front, said Utah Food Bank director Jean Nielsen.
A year ago, some 1.2 million pounds was collected statewide, including some 350,000 pounds along the Wasatch Front.
Elder Alexander B. Morrison, an emeritus member of the Seventy, serves as executive director of the Alliance for Unity. He said November was picked to stage the food drive because it is a time of year when people are inclined to help others. The Alliance for Unity is made up of civic, business and religious leaders who work together to foster goodwill among Utahns.
"There is no community in the country that cares more about its people than this one," Elder Morrison said. "There is an incredible demand for food in this area that never seems to end."