Published May 13, 2021
Spanish Fork, UT — In September, Spanish Fork City & the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce launched a business relief program, SF-19, designed to provide essential cleaning and protective supplies to businesses. The program concluded last week and was a huge success as thousands of supplies were given to businesses through CARES Act funds.
“We are pleased to report that 248 businesses in Spanish Fork participated in the program and placed 636 supply orders,” remarked Dave Anderson, Spanish Fork Community and Economic Development Director. “We’d like to give a huge shout out to the Chamber of Commerce for processing each of the orders and operating the program.”
In all, $360,925.45 from the City’s CARES funds were allocated to the SF-19 program. The supplies that were purchased by the City and distributed through the Chamber included cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and personal protective equipment like masks and gloves.
City Councilman Mike Mendenhall, the council representative for the Chamber, commented, “The businesses in our city are amazing and have served all of us well. This SF-19 program to keep both businesses and patrons safe while remaining open during a pandemic was a huge success.”
"We had so many businesses thank the Chamber and the City for providing PPE for them during the pandemic,” said Heather Youd, President and CEO of the Spanish Fork Chamber. “Many businesses were really struggling financially and having a really hard time even finding the PPE supplies that they needed. I feel that this program was a wonderful way for Spanish Fork City to utilize some of the CARES funding that it received."
Spanish Fork also sponsored the Shop Local Program which sent residents voucher cards that could be spent at local businesses. The SF-19 program was specifically designed to help businesses offset additional PPE and cleaning supply costs associated with operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.