Employers have been forced to focus harder than ever to retain and attract talent amid the disruption of the business environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Top Workplaces celebrates those employers who are getting it right.
We’re proud to share that Utah Food Bank has been included on the Top 100 WorkPlaces for 2022, produced by Energage and published by The Salt Lake City Tribune, for the fourth consecutive year.
“Change, while daunting, brings the potential to evolve into something even more significant,” says Ginette Bott, President and CEO. “While adjusting to changes in light of the pandemic’s challenges, this year’s award is a testament to the open-source culture that has endured, guiding Utah Food Bank to success through every transformation.”
While we’re thrilled by this consistent achievement, we would be remiss not to mention that what makes an organization a “top workplace” has changed drastically over the last few years. As a non-profit organization and individuals, we’ve had to adjust virtually every norm, professionally and personally, while remaining present for our clients, teams and families. To our team of staff and volunteers, thank you for your commitment to our vision and for supporting each other. Because of you, Utah Food Bank is a great place to work!
An open and transparent culture
At our core, Utah Food Bank embraces a culture of openness. Key attributes, such as transparency, communication and flexibility, have always been a priority. With the challenges of COVID-19, we have embraced even more flexibility in areas such as working style, hours and location.
Additionally, we recognize that it’s crucial for Utah Food Bank staff to not only fulfill our organizational needs but to dedicate their time and talent to support their communities.
Commitment to growth
Utah Food Bank has continued to expand our workforce, now employing more than 127. It’s our vision for Utah Food Bank to be a place where all staff and volunteers feel included, aligned with the business and safe to be their authentic selves.
With the completion of a new warehouse extension in St. George, Utah, Food Bank’s multi-pronged expansion project should be completed in 2023. In Salt Lake, we purchased the building immediately west of our main warehouse, expanding our warehouse space by 26,000 square feet. We have also begun construction on our 70,000-square-foot Timpanogos Distribution Center in Springville to serve Utah County and central Utah better.
Our Southeastern Distribution Center in Blanding will feature warehouse and pantry space. To better support Navajo Nation residents, we are establishing two Utah Food Bank-run pantries in Montezuma Creek and Monument Valley. These projects will also provide much-needed jobs in the four corners area.
Looking to the future
With 289,000 Utahns and 1 in 9 children facing hunger, this expansion project will set Utah Food Bank up to serve our state for generations. Last year, we distributed 67.1 million pounds, the equivalent of 56.1 million meals free of charge across the state. We could not do what we do without the support of our valued partners, donors and volunteers, so thank you for your support!
Our Human Resources Team champions the overall health and well-being of the organization. By consciously creating a kind, fair, safe, inclusive and diverse environment, Utah Food Bank empowers our employees to care for others in our state who are facing food insecurity. Thanks again to all our staff and volunteers for making Utah Food Bank a great workplace! For more information about career opportunities, click here.