If you love canning, or want to help people in need in our community, Community Action Services and Food Bank has the perfect volunteer opportunity. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 14, the non-profit needs volunteers to cook and can applesauce in the commercial kitchen at the Provo Rec Center.
The canning effort is part of The Food Preservation and Hunger Relief Pilot Study from Utah State University. In its second year, the project takes excess produce from area fruit growers and recruits volunteers to preserve it, using safe commercial recipes. All applesauce then goes to Community Action Services and Food Bank, which gives it to people in need.
"Thanks to the generosity of fruit growers and volunteers, last year we received hundreds of pounds of locally grown, commercially produced canned food," said Karen McCandless, executive director at Community Action Services and Food Bank. "Now this year we again have fruit growers lined up who are sharing what they have with people who are struggling to put food on the table."
In 2018, volunteers produced 203 pints (or 332 pounds) of applesauce and pear sauce to donate to Community Action Services and Food Bank.
If you're interested in helping people in need and have some free time on Sept. 7 and 14, contact Cathy Merrill at email@example.com, or call (801) 851-8479.