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As many of you saw and heard, we put out a desperate call for volunteers last week. Due to an outpouring of support, and to keep in mind the newest guidelines put forth by the CDC, we are revising our volunteer policy for the time being as such:

  • Volunteer Hours: M-Th 12-7:30 pm, F 10-4:30 pm, Sat 8 – 1 pm
  • Please call our volunteer department at 801-887-1234 to request a time to come in to help. We need to control the number of people present during each shift, so are asking that you do not walk-in, as previously requested. If you would like to volunteer at our St. George warehouse, please call 435-656-9122 to schedule a time.
  • Total volunteer numbers will be limited to 20 people total (10 per room) to allow for social distancing protocols.
  • We request that you come in a group of no more than 5 people.
  • Ages 12 – 60 only, please.
  • Shifts will be limited to 1.5 hour at a time, to allow for effective sanitation between shifts.
  • All volunteers will be asked to sanitize their hands as they walk in, and gloves will be provided for all volunteers.
  • Please do not come if you are showing any signs of illness.

Thank you for your incredible support during this difficult and uncertain time. We will continue to keep you updated as to our efforts to help those in need, and how our amazing community can help us do so.  Watch our social media channels for the most up-to-date information regarding our efforts and needs.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utahfoodbank/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/utahfoodbank/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/utahfoodbank

If you would like to support our efforts through financial donations, please consider a gift to our Virtual Food Drive. Financial support will allow us maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of Utahns facing hunger during this rapidly-changing scenario.

Thank you!


During March, Utah Food Bank’s goal is to gather enough donations to provide 1 million meals to help the 1 in 7 Utah children who might be going to bed hungry tonight. As the abundance of holiday season donations start to dwindle, our 182 partner agencies across the state need to stock their shelves in preparation for the critical summer months when kids lose access to school meals.

Our Virtual Food Drive is the most convenient way to give because you can fill a virtual shopping cart with the items we need most, all without the hassle of having to visit a store. Plus, you can take advantage of our ability to stretch each $1 donated into $7.66 worth of goods and services, so every donation truly has an impact.

It’s easy to use, plus it’s the greenest and most efficient of all food drives. Whether you sign up as an individual, create some healthy competition within your organization, or even simply donate, together we can collect 1 Million Meals in March!

 

GET STARTED HERE!

 

Million Meals in March


One of the most innovative ways to give back during the holidays has resulted in a donation of $352,274, which will help Utah Food Bank provide the equivalent of 1.3 million meals for the 374,000 Utahns who face hunger.  This is one of the largest single donations Utah Food Bank has ever received resulting from individuals in the community. The annual Light the World Giving Machines campaign was hosted at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building during the holidays for the third year running.   Individuals were able to select from a variety of non-profits and items, all through a vending machine designed to give back to those who need it most, rather than the individual purchasing the item. At the Salt Lake City location, $1.8 million was donated through these machines, while the total was $6.3 million from their 10 locations globally.

 

This year, 700,000 holiday visitors were empowered to donate to a variety of non-profit organizations through these vending machines. Choices included purchasing Mac & Cheese, groceries for a senior, feeding a family for a month, and more. 100% of the public’s donations directly benefited the recipient organizations, thanks to Latter-day Saint Charities facilitating the partnership and covering administrative costs. This donation represents the total amount that individuals donated to Utah Food Bank through the Giving Machines.

 

This year’s donation brought the three-year total to a remarkable 2.2 million Meals provided through this effort. We can’t thank the donors, volunteers and everyone involved in making this possible enough!

Light The World


The 2019 college football season culminated with a donation of more than 40,000 pounds of protein by Smithfield Foods, Inc. and the Utah Pork Producers Association to  Utah Food Bank in partnership with Utah State University, Brigham Young University (BYU) and the Fredette Family Foundation.

The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings of protein, was made possible through a special program that turned each point the Aggies and Cougars scored into a donation of 25 pounds of pork by Smithfield and the UPPA to help fight hunger in local communities. The teams finished the season with a total of 675 points, or 16,875 pounds of pork, which Smithfield more than doubled for a total donation of 40,000 pounds.

“It’s truly inspiring to see student athletes uniting to give back to the communities they’re a part of,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “On behalf of Smithfield Foods and the entire Utah pork industry, we are honored to work with organizations that share the similar mission of helping Americans become more food secure, especially here in a community we call home.”

Players from both teams volunteered at the Utah Food bank, but instead of forming an offensive or defensive line, they came together and formed a food line to help unload the pork-filled truck and stock the food bank’s shelves.

“We are beyond grateful for this donation and the difference it will make in our community,” said Ginette Bott, President & CEO of Utah Food Bank. “Thousands of men, women and children look to us to provide food for their next meal and this donation helps make that possible.”

This event comes a week after two other major donations in Florida and Arkansas as part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® tour, the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative. In the past two weeks alone, Smithfield has donated more than 110,000 pounds of protein to communities in need and will continue its efforts to fight hunger by providing donations to dozens of communities across America throughout the year. Since the inception of their Helping Hungry Homes program®, Smithfield has donated more than 145 million servings of protein to food-insecure residents in all 50 states around the U.S.

“Coming together as a community plays a crucial role in our efforts to strengthen families,” said J. Blair Giles, President and CEO of the Fredette Family Foundation. “We are so glad to work with Smithfield and other like-minded organizations to impact people’s lives in meaningful and personal ways and are proud of the student-athletes who have given so much to bring this initiative to life.”

Smithfield Foods


Utah’s tech industry is booming, but 1 in 8 Utahns aren’t getting their most basic needs met – one of those being food. Silicon Slopes Serves is rallying Utah’s tech companies, and the larger community as a whole, to pack 1 million meals for Utah Food Bank at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit on January 30 and 31, held at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City. Made possible by the partnerships with BrainStorm, JustServe and Hunger Fight, along with generous donations from participating Silicon Slopes community members and Latter-day Saint Charities, the meals will aim to help feed the 1 in 7 Utah children who face hunger.

Whether or not you are a conference attendee, you can still be a part of this monumental initiative by signing up to volunteer at the event for an hour (or two) anytime between 12:00 – 7:00pm on Thursday 1/30 or Friday 1/31 using this link. Please note that this volunteer opportunity is located at the Salt Palace, not our warehouse. Invite your friends, family or coworkers to join Utah’s tech industry to pack healthy, easy-to-prepare meals that we will distribute from childhood hunger programs, including our Mobile School Pantry program.

Donors for the initiative include: Kristin and Jeremy Andrus, BrainStorm, Domo, Four Foods Group (Mo’ Bettahs, Swig and R&R BBQ) , Health Catalyst, Lendio, LHM Group, MX, SaltStack, Monica and Aaron Skonnard, Lisa and Karl Sun, Qualtrics and additional support from Latter-day Saint Charities. 

Thank you for your support!

Silicon Slopes Serves


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