After 26 years of working alongside Utah Food Bank to help feed the estimated 382,000 Utahns who face hunger, Fidelity Investments® in Utah garnered more than $150,000 through their Summer Business Food and Fund Drive, which will help feed 126 Utah families for one year. What began as a food drive collecting 800 pounds in 1993 has grown into the largest Summer Business Food & Fund Drive effort on behalf of Utah Food Bank. Because Fidelity Investments employees know that Utah Food Bank can stretch each $1 donated into $7.34 worth of goods and services, their annual fund drive has become a part of their organizational culture, and has set the example of what businesses in our communities can do for those in need.
This year’s golf-themed fund drive among more than 1,900 employees statewide encompassed several food-related fundraising activities such movie snacks & trivia and bake sales. In addition to their fund drive commitments during the summer, Fidelity Investments sponsors the Mobile School Pantry at Mary W. Jackson Elementary School, one of the 85 monthly program sites that Utah Food Bank will host during this school year. Last year, this program impacted 304,845 Utahns, 169,373 of whom were children.
Mark Barlow, Fidelity Investments Utah Regional Leader, said Fidelity Investments and Utah Food Bank’s shared commitment to help those who are hungry continues today:
“At Fidelity Investments, our employees are empowered to make a difference in the communities where we live and work. We’re incredibly proud that our long-term relationship with Utah Food Bank has resulted in a real impact on alleviating hunger in Utah. We relish the continued opportunity to help through our sponsorship of Mary Jackson Elementary’s Mobile School Pantry.”
“Between thousands of volunteer hours filled, hundreds of tons of food donated, and more than $1.6 million raised during the course of our remarkable history, Fidelity Investments employees have made an immeasurable impact on the 1 in 7 Utah children who are unsure where their next meal will come from,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “They have created a service-oriented culture and we can’t thank them enough for their year-round commitment to fighting hunger and improving the lives of thousands.”