A food pantry in Murray was recently forced to shut down due to the federal sequestration cuts that took effect March 1.
The Neighborhood Food Center at 404 W. 6100 South, run by the Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP), ceased operations on March 16, according to an email from Neighborhood Pantry Manager Mary Richardson.
"We are saddened by our loss of this important community resource, which serves 1,100 grocery orders and provides countless referral information to families in the Murray area each month but are comforted by the availability of other resources," Richardson wrote.
Those additional options include the Utah Food Bank's mobile pantries in South Salt Lake and Murray, along with four SLCAP neighborhood food pantries that continue to serve clients from the following ZIP codes:
Northwest Pantry at 1300 W. 300 North, Salt Lake City 84101, 84102, 84103, 84104, 84105, 84106, 84108, 84109, 84111, 84112, 84115 and 84116.
Redwood Pantry at 3060 Lester St., West Valley City 84107, 84117, 84119, 84120, 84124, 84123 and 84129. This site is open Saturdays and will serve all clients that day regardless of ZIP code.
Magna Pantry at 3441 S. 8400 West, Magna 84118, 84128 and 84044.
South County Pantry at 8446 S. Harrison St., Midvale 84020, 84047, 84065, 84070, 84081, 84084, 84088, 84090, 84092, 84093, 84094, 84095, 84096, 84107 and 84121.
The Murray food pantry had offered evening and Saturday hours to meet the needs of working families from any Salt Lake Valley ZIP code. Those clients can now use the Redwood Pantry on Saturdays, and that site is also considering offering evening hours of service.
In late February, the food pantry run by Catholic Community Services out of its St. Vincent de Paul Center campus in Salt Lake City also shut down due to financial shortfalls.