Utah Community Action Serves its 2 Millionth Healthy Meal but Worries Amid Government Shutdown

Utah Community Action

Utah Community Action has much to celebrate as the Central Kitchen, which provides thousands of healthy, fresh meals a day to children, served its 2 millionth meal out of their kitchen located in South Salt Lake.  The Central Kitchen started operations in 2009 as a small pilot serving 300 meals a day to their Head Start preschool children at their Rose Park school.  At the end of 2009, they leased a larger space in South Salt Lake where they started serving 1,400 meals to many Head Start locations and started serving children in other partnering agencies, day cares and charter schools.  In 2015, Utah Community Action opened up a new facility in South Salt Lake, which houses one Early Head Start classroom, four Head Start classrooms, and their own state of the art central kitchen.  Today, the kitchen serves over 5,000 meals a day to their Head Start children and other children in the community.  At the end of 2018, the 2 millionth meal was served out of the central kitchen since opening their own building in 2015. 

As Utah Community Action celebrates this milestone and are proud of the work it has accomplished in providing healthy, nutritious food to vulnerable youth, it also worries as the Child and Adult Food Program, which helps supplement the food program, might take a hit in March.  Utah Community Action also runs two of the largest food pantries in the community.  Because of the shutdown, they are seeing an increase in clients coming to the pantries.  While the management team of the agencies are looking to put contingencies in place, community members are invited to make donations to these two programs at www.utahca.org/donate.  Utah Community Action also invites the community to make non-perishable food donations to our pantries located at:

Redwood Food & Resource Center

3060 Lester Street, West Valley City

Tues 1-3PM, Wed-Fri 8:30-11 am and 1pm-3 pm

Copperview Food & Resource Center

8446 S. Harrison Street, Midvale

Mon-Thu 8:30-11am and 1 pm-3 pm

Alternatively, at our administration office: 1307 S. 900 W., Salt Lake City M-F 8-5 or to our partners at the Utah Food Bank.


About Utah Community Action

Since 1965, Utah Community Action (formerly known as Salt Lake Community Action Program) has provided comprehensive services that address the many factors that affect an individual’s ability to attain self-sufficiency. Our holistic services address many needs: early childhood and adult education, housing, holistic case management, employment, food security, health, and crisis services. utahca.org

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.