With children at home and countless adults out of work, Utah Food Bank is seeing the need for assistance significantly increase at all program and partner agency sites.
MOBILE PANTRY PROGRAM EXPANSION
Mobile Pantries have proven to be a very efficient and effective tool in responding to the sharp increase in need across the state. Since January 2020, we have increased our deliveries by 21% and have seen a 113% increase in households served over the same time period last year. We will continue to expand distribution through this program further in the coming weeks and months. In fact, at the end of April, we provided an emergency food distribution at the Maverik Center where we served more than 5,000 families, impacting more than 29,000 individuals. This is the largest distribution we have ever done.
KIDS CAFE MEAL DISTRIBUTIONS
With widespread school closures, our Kids Cafe after-school meals couldn’t be served, not to mention the missed school breakfasts and lunches for many children. We worked with local communities and Salt Lake School District to distribute 70,000 bagged meals to help replace these missed meals when schools closed early in the spring. During the summer, we served over 195,000 meals through our Summer Feeding Program, and we continue to offer bagged meals at schools that remain closed. In total, we served 474,000 meals for kids during 2020.
ADDITIONAL POUNDAGE DISTRIBUTION
In addition to expanding programs and re-tooling methods of distribution to respect social distance protocols, we are also increasing the amount of product we are distributing to our statewide network of 203 partner agencies. In 2020, we distributed 62.5 million pounds of food, an increase of 14.1 million pounds over 2019. We expect to continue to see increased distribution for quite some time to come.
HOW TO HELP
Financial support is our top priority right now, as expanding mobile distributions brings with it dramatically higher transportation costs. Since each $1 donated equals $8.03 worth of goods and services, every donation can truly impact the lives of Utahns facing hunger.
If you are in need of food assistance, please visit our partner agency list to find resources in your area. We recommend calling before you go to confirm their hours of operation given these uncertain times.
- You can also visit our Mobile Pantry calendar to find mobile distributions near you.
- You can also call United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline or text your zip code to 898-211 for a list of resources in your area.
Thank you for your support during these uncertain times!