Morgan County’s new food pantry directors, Julie Miller and her assistant David Miller, started July 1.
A selection committee consisting of Morgan County Councilmembers Austin Turner, Lyle Nelson and Tina Kelly chose the directors from a pool of applicants.
Morgan County Councilman Austin Turner expressed his feelings on the decision, “I was impressed with the qualifications of all the applicants. Over 25 applicants applied for the food pantry director position. It wasn’t an easy selection. There were quite a few that were qualified.”
Turner described the transition as a smooth one. “Tracy will be sorely missed, but putting our best foot forward, the Millers were the best choice.”
Julie said, “It’s a team effort.”
Both of Julie and David have experience working with people and helping in a food bank setting.
Before moving to Morgan, the Millers lived in Paris, Missouri, where Julie worked with the local food bank for nine years.
Julie grew up in Porterville. For several years, she had a traveling beauty shop where she would go to clients’ homes that were not always able to get out to shampoo and curl their hair. Life experiences have helped shape her life and have created her ability to relate to others’ circumstances and needs. Julie is also a dental assistant at Lakeview Dental in Roy.
From the moment they arrived in Morgan County, Turner explained how the Millers came to help at the food pantry. While passing by during the monthly food bank distribution, David stopped and asked if he could help.
They have returned quite often to help at the pantry. In fact, upon her departure, Tracy left the responsibility of the pantry with David to keep it running smoothly.
In the past, David volunteered at the food pantry helping with organizing the food as well as working with other volunteers of all ages, work that he thoroughly enjoyed.
“David will be available most of the time, so he can address any emergency needs. He has a good heart and wants to help others,” stated the new director.
Turner said, “I want to emphasize that we do have a food pantry. It’s a hand up, not a hand out. The Millers are the kindest, most helpful people, willing to help and have this need met. They can sympathize and not be judgmental.”
Current hours of operation are Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening hours have been discontinued for the time being.
The Utah Food Bank Food Drop will remain the same fourth Wednesday of each month.
Call the Morgan Food Pantry 801-829-8533 with any questions or to make an appointment