Utah farmers will distribute food to those in need Wednesday. The Farmers Feeding Utah program will provide food to residents in Layton, Orem, Oakley, Panguitch, Richfield, Grantsville, and Duchesne.
As many as 25 farmers formed the program a year ago when Utah State University Extension partnered with the Utah Farm Bureau and the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation to serve farmers by supporting agriculture and to help people in need by providing food and nutrition.
USU Extension's Heidi LeBlanc said the need for food assistance in Utah increased by 300% during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, many Utah farmers needed to distribute their commodities. More than one million pounds of food have been shared with 21,000 families since the program began.
LeBlanc said a recent donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Farmers Feeding Utah program will help aid those in need through Wednesday's statewide food distribution blitz.