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Utah Food Bank President and CEO, Jim Yorgason announced his plans to retire later this year. The announcement comes following years of service at Utah Food Bank. He joined in 2010 as COO and later took the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer in June of 2013. “My time at Utah Food Bank has been a remarkable experience,” said Yorgason. “I’ve always felt comfortable with the meaning of ‘gratitude,’ but my service in this role has prompted me to appreciate the full meaning of the word. The concept of helping those in need and recognizing the challenges of those in our communities has caused me to be a better person and has made an impact that will always stay with me.”

More than 32.7 million meals were provided to Utah families in 2017. During his tenure, annual food distribution statewide increased from 30.8 million pounds to 39.2 million pounds. “While the decision is difficult, I am confident in the capabilities of everyone in our organization,” said Yorgason. “We have an exceptionally talented and dedicated board, executive team and staff. Utah Food Bank is in a strong position to continue to build on our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide.”

The search for Yorgason’s replacement is underway. Yorgason will continue in his role until the new President and CEO is named and he plans to assist in the transition. In compliance with Utah Food Bank bylaws, the Governance Committee, led by Board Chair-Elect Ryan Dent, will organize and oversee the search committee in the selection of the new President and CEO. In addition to Dent, the committee includes Board Chair David Allred, Past-Board Chair Scott Jensen as well as other board members.

“Jim has set a very high bar for the future and leaves the food bank with a legacy of stability. He has served Utah Food Bank with distinction,” said David Allred, Utah Food Bank board chair. “Under his direction, the food bank has expanded both its services and capabilities while still maximizing every dollar spent. He has visited every corner of the state and fostered relationships that meet the food bank’s goal of Fighting Hunger Statewide. Never seeking the limelight, Jim has worked quietly and effectively wherever needed. Our founder Lowell Bennion would be pleased with Jim’s contribution to fulfilling the mission of the Utah Food Bank.”

Under his leadership, Utah Food Bank achieved significant local and national accomplishments. Yorgason was instrumental in maintaining Utah Food Bank’s reputation as a trusted and esteemed nonprofit. Additionally, his focus on community and collaboration has helped grow partner agency participation, as well as volunteer service hours.  While remaining financially sound and debt free, Utah Food Bank has grown its services to include 149 pantries in 29 counties, expanded its Mobile School Pantry Program and increased food distribution from its Southern Distribution Center in St. George to serve a greater number of those in need.  Through the implementation of Information Technology to monitor risk and eliminate donor vulnerabilities while increasing facility and staff security, Utah Food Bank became a leader in the national Feeding America network.  This process resulted in a new, state of the art website and has significantly enhanced donor confidence.

When he hands over the helm to the new President and CEO, Yorgason and his wife, Linda, plan to focus on their bucket list, spending time with family, friends, travel and volunteering. He will also spend time focusing on his passion for golf and collector cars.

For those interested in being considered for this position, applicant submissions are being accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Please contact Clair Farrington, Human Resources Director, with questions regarding submission requirements at or mail to 3150 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT  84119.

Jim Yorgason

Our Winter 2018 Hungry Heart newsletter is in the mail!  If you don’t receive one, or missed yours, please take a look at our digital version for all the latest and upcoming events and initiatives at Utah Food Bank, including information about our Night at the Warehouse Gala, Volunteer Spotlight and an update on our Mobile School Pantry program. You can view our online version by clicking on the image below!

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Make a New Year’s resolution to give back year-round with our Meal Makers Monthly Giving Program. Giving in this way ensures a predictable source of income that we can count on so that our statewide network of partner agencies and food pantries are able to keep their shelves stocked. Plus, monthly giving is the easiest and most cost-effective way to give, allowing us to put even more of your contribution to work!

For a limited time, thanks to a dedicated friend of Utah Food Bank, when you join our Meal Makers Monthly Giving Program, your first month’s gift will be TRIPLED! That means if you commit to a monthly donation of $25, your first gift will become $75!  To sign up, visit our donation form and select the “Become a Meal Maker” checkbox near the top of the form, and if you are new to the monthly giving program, your gift will automatically be tripled, thanks to this generous donor! Thank you for committing to Fighting Hunger Statewide year-round!

Meal Makers Monthly Giving

What a 2017 this has been! Between launching a new website, expanding our Mobile School Pantry program and managing our day-to-day operations, your incredible support has given us the gift of keeping us busy!  If you still need to make a donation to receive a charitable deduction for 2017, we wanted to ensure you are aware of our year-end hours.

Don’t forget that in order to receive a charitable deduction for this year, all gifts must be completed by Sunday 12/31 at midnight, but because of the way the holiday falls this year, we want to remind you of our hours for New Year’s weekend:


Tuesday 12/26 – Friday 12/29: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 12/30: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Volunteer Department only – west side of building)

Sunday 12/31 – Monday 1/1: CLOSED

This means that if you plan to bring your donation in-person, you must do so by Saturday 12/30 at 2:00 p.m.


If you mail a check, please note that it must be dated on or before 12/31 AND have a postmark dated on or before 12/31 to be considered a 2017 donation. Our address is 3150 S. 900 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84119.


If you are making an online donation, all donations made on or before 12/31 will be considered a 2017 donation.


Thank you for your support and for an amazing 2017!

New Years 2017 Hours

Are you planning on dropping off food or monetary donations this weekend?

Please note that because of the way the holiday falls, we will be closed all weekend.  Here’s everything you need to know!

Wednesday 12/20 – Friday 12/22: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (drop off food at donation door on east side or funds at our front desk on south side)

Saturday 12/23 – Monday 12/25: CLOSED

Tuesday 12/26: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (drop off food at donation door on east side or funds at our front desk on south side)

In the event that you would like to donate food over the weekend when we are closed, you can drop off food at any Harmons location!

Thank you for your support and happy holidays!

Utah Food Bank Holiday Hours


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