Expanding to Better Serve Our Indigenous Neighbors

It’s Native American Heritage month, a great time to talk about how Utah Food Bank is expanding our reach to better serve our neighbors who belong to Utah’s indigenous population, located primarily in San Juan County. According to the 2020 Census, 52% of San Juan County residents identify as Native American, while only 2.7% of […]

Read More…


When Everything Snowballs

“I came home from the grocery store the other day, and my mom said, That’s a hundred dollars worth of food?! I said, ‘It is now.’ And it’s hard.”   Meet Dawn. She visits one of our partner food pantries to help feed her family after a series of difficulties left her family struggling to […]

Read More…


Proud to Serve Anyone in Need

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate diversity in the communities we live and serve in and recommit ourselves to the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. Despite recent strides, studies show that the LGBTQ+ community is more than twice as likely to experience food insecurity than non-LGBTQ+ adults.   We recently read a quote from […]

Read More…


Hunger Harms Mental Health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and we believe it’s important to acknowledge the connection between mental health and food insecurity. The challenges of food insecurity are many – it goes beyond empty tummies – and no age group is safe from the harmful effects it plays on mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated […]

Read More…


Spread Cheer – Volunteer!

Does it feel like Groundhog Day to you too? It’s tough right now – a lot of people are experiencing winter blues, with the added stress and anxiety of a pandemic that’s been going on for nearly two years. While there is no cure-all for the strain and isolation many of us are feeling, volunteering […]

Read More…


Winter Weather Challenges

The cold weather we’ve seen recently makes life especially dreary for those facing the decision of whether to turn on the heat or have enough to eat for their families. Unfortunately, heat or eat is an impossible question many of our neighbors facing food insecurity must ask themselves. How do you choose between ensuring your […]

Read More…


Choose to Act this Hunger Action Month

It’s September, which brings the return of Hunger Action Month, where we team up with Feeding America and food banks across the country to talk about ways we can all work together to take action against hunger! It’s a great time to remember that our choices matter and we can all choose to play a […]

Read More…


The Soaring Costs of Poverty

Life is unpredictable. There are a million things that can – and do – go wrong. When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, like 63% of Americans do, there is no safety net. Any small bump in the road can be the catalyst for a major disaster. The smallest crisis can easily become the thing that […]

Read More…


Come Volunteer!

Our work here at Utah Food Bank would not be possible without the efforts of thousands of volunteers each year — those who sort food in our warehouse, load neighbors’ cars at Mobile Pantries, stock shelves at traditional pantries, and countless other essential tasks. In fact, during the year before COVID-19, we benefited from 119,751 […]

Read More…


The Traumatic Mental Health Impact of Food Insecurity

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to talk about the connection between food insecurity and poor mental health, something that we haven’t highlighted nearly enough in the past. Research shows that individuals reporting food insecurity are at an increased risk of mental illness. To make matters worse, this increased […]

Read More…