Food Assistance Programs
Fighting Hunger in Summit & Wasatch Counties
Every day, people from all walks of life come to CCPC seeking help with one of the most basic aspects of life: food! It is our goal to provide food assistance to anyone experiencing food insecurity in Summit and Wasatch counties.
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity occurs when a person or family is unable to access enough food for a healthy and active life. Feeding America, the US-based nonprofit that runs more than 200 food banks and feeds 46 million people every year, explains the important distinction between hunger and insecurity. "Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level."
At the Christian Center of Park City, we seek to eliminate food insecurity through our food pantries in Summit and Wasatch counties and a variety of programs and events as part of our mission of “meeting people at their point of need as an expression of God’s love.”
SNAP Food Assistance
Both CCPC pantries are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This includes eligibility pre-screenings, application assistance, assistance obtaining verification documents, information dissemination, and local farmer's markets. Please see the pantry staff in either of our Park City of Heber Valley locations for more information.
CCPC's Local Food Assistance Programs
Food pantries are just one of the ways we fight hunger and food insecurity. Community partners and dedicated individuals help us reach out to the community to provide relief for local households.
Each month, in partnership with EATS, we deliver 2,000 snack bags to schools in Summit and Wasatch counties!
Snacks in Backpacks
Snacks in Backpacks is a program that provides supplemental nutrition to vulnerable children in our community in collaboration with the Park City School District and the Wasatch County School District. CCPC has partnered with Eat Awesome Things (EATS), a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering and growing healthy communities, to provide nutrient-dense and minimally-processed supplemental food for the program.
Collaboration with the school districts is essential in identifying the most food vulnerable children in the communities of the Wasatch Back, as students are identified by school outreach staff and offered Snacks in Backpacks in confidence.
Twice a month, we deliver snack bags to schools for outreach staff to distribute them to students in need and snack bags are available to children at our food pantries throughout the summer.
Fighting Hunger During the Holidays
Every Thanksgiving, thanks to the generosity of the Park City Board of Realtors and CCPC donors, food pantry patrons receive a frozen turkey and ready-to-cook sides in addition to their monthly grocery visits. During the 2021 holiday season our pantries distributed over 1,000 turkeys!
These holiday meals are also distributed to tribal members on the Goshute Reservation in Ibapah, Utah as part of our monthly visit.
Our food pantries depend on the support of food drives to supplement the food we receive from local stores. Our pantries frequently need infant formula, jars of baby food, diapers, adult diapers, cereal, peanut butter, and canned meat, and personal hygiene items. Financial donations are always appreciated as well. If you'd like to host a food drive, please email Matt at MattM@ccofpc.org for more information.
Food Drive FAQs
Hike for Hunger
CCPC’s annual Hike for Hunger raises awareness around local hunger concerns while highlighting our community’s efforts to achieve Zero Food Waste in Park City by diverting food to those in need. This family-friendly and community event brings the community together to better understand and have compassion for those less fortunate in our own communities.
Food Donations & Volunteering for Food Assistance Programs
Donations of salad, packaged food, and fresh produce may be made to either of our pantries during normal business hours. Expired or pre-opened food will not be accepted. Most needed items include canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, cereal, beans and rice, pasta and pasta sauce, diapers, and infant formula.
Our food pantries are always looking for a few good volunteers with a heart to serve and hands that are willing to get a little dirty! Volunteers help unload, organize and sort incoming donations, greet customers and maintain the cleanliness and organization of the pantry, and assist with recycling and composting efforts. Occasionally, we are in need of volunteers to assist staff with grocery pick-ups or special projects.
Please use the link below to fill out our volunteer application or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Want to donate financially? Donations can be made in person at our food pantries or online through our website.