HOLLADAY, Utah – Dozens of cars lined up to receive a box of groceries outside the headquarters of the Snowbird Ski Resort.
The food was given to full time and part time staff of the resort who were abruptly left without a job following the sudden closure of the ski area due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“March is typically a very busy time for us,” said Brian Brown of Snowbird. “It’s definitely a change of pace for us. It’s not anything we would have planned on.”
When the resort closed, it was left with more than 10,000 pounds of fruits, eggs, bread and other groceries. To avoid wasting the food, it was distributed to the resort's 1900 employees.
“We’ve had a lot of people at the resort, while resort operations have been suspended, work very hard to put this together,” Brown said. “We hope it helps all of our employees just a little bit more today.”
The resort says it will pay its employees through March 27th.
“It almost seems like the change is not day-by-day, but moment-by-moment,” Brown said. “We are going to stay positive and stay hopeful and do everything we can to support the Snowbird family.”
It is unclear how much longer businesses like Snowbird will be forced to remain closed, but employees hope it can reopen before the end of this ski and snowboard season.