Thanksgiving program to assist Carbon County residents in need
City and education officials from across Carbon County gathered together last Wednesday morning to discuss a proclamation that acknowledges Thanksgiving as a day for county residents to celebrate the spirit of selfless giving and appreciation for family and friends.
In attendance at the meeting were Helper City Mayor Joe Bonacci, Price City Mayor Joe Piccolo, Wellington City Mayor Karl Houskeeper, East Carbon Mayor Dale Andrews and Sunnyside City Mayor Bruce Andrews.
Also included in the county wide meeting were Carbon County School District superintendent David Armstrong, College of Eastern Utah representative Ryan Thomas and all three Carbon County commissioners.
The officials discussed a new program which is aimed at aiding those who are in need during the Thanksgiving season.
Referred to as Feed America Thursday, the program asks area residents not to eat two meals on the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving and to donate the money they would have spent on these meals to the local food bank or charitable or religious organization of their choice.
"Even those who choose to eat are still encouraged to give the value of two meals to a charity that provides food to people in need," encouraged Mayor Piccolo.
Recently the United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution, sponsored by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah that endorsed Feed America Thursday.
The goal of the senate is to spread the message about assisting those in need through the newly formed program which will kick off this Thanksgiving season.
The mayors of Carbon County all agreed that "if we all join together, this plan will greatly benefit those in Carbon County who rely on assistance from food pantries and charitable or religious organizations and will truly help to make a difference in the lives of people in need."