November 22 2016
Help Those in Need the Right Way This Holiday Season
Lake County)—With the holiday charitable giving season upon us, the Salt Lake
County Health Department (SLCoHD) encourages good Samaritans to utilize
existing social service agencies rather than conducting direct outreach on
their own—especially when it comes to serving food to the homeless.
wonderful when people give back, especially this time of year,” said Gary
Edwards, executive director of SLCoHD. “And we want to make sure that people’s
charity is received by those in need in the best—and safest—way possible.”
SLCoHD Food Protection Bureau says that homeless and other individuals in need can
be particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness, so it’s important that the
food they receive is prepared using safe food handling practices.
excellent organizations in our community provide meals to people in need.
Together, these organizations already serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner nearly
every day of the year, and they rely on donations and volunteers in order to do
assistance through these existing programs is the best way to give back in our
community,” Edwards continued, “and these organizations have a structure in
place to utilize your time, goods and money in the most efficient way
organizations available to receive volunteers and donations include:
St. Vincent De Paul Dining Hall
Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
The Road Home
Salt Lake City Mission
people still interested in providing their own independent food outreach, Utah state law requires them to register their
outreach event with the local health department, at no cost, and receive
food safety information. To register a charitable food outreach event in Salt
Lake County, call 385-468-3845. More information about food outreach to the
homeless is available at SaltLakeHealth.org/food.
addition, food outreach events on public property (such as a park, street, or
sidewalk) in Salt Lake City require a Free Expression Permit from Salt Lake
City Events. For more information, call 801-535-6110 or visit slcityevents.com.