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September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign where people all over America come together with the singular focus of fighting hunger. Along with our partner, Feeding America, we are asking our communities to take action on the hunger crisis that affects 40 million Americans. In our state alone, 382,000 Utahns and 1 in 7 children don’t know where their next meal will come from. That means at least one of your neighbors, co-workers, friends and/or family needs your help.


Our goal this September is to raise enough funds to provide 50,000 meals by the end of the month, and thanks to the support of a generous friend, your financial donation will be matched through the end of the month. This means your gift will go twice as far! Every $10 you give will double, helping provide 74 meals. DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT HERE.


But, there are more ways to take action. Every donation of food, time or money brings us one step closer to our goal. You can even spread the word about how you are helping to end hunger one helping at a time by posting to social media and using the hashtag #HungerActionMonth.


Every action you take will help get food to your neighbors in need. Together, we can fight hunger one helping or one action, at a time!

Hunger Action Month Match

After 26 years of working alongside Utah Food Bank to help feed the estimated 382,000 Utahns who face hunger, Fidelity Investments® in Utah garnered more than $150,000 through their Summer Business Food and Fund Drive, which will help feed 126 Utah families for one year. What began as a food drive collecting 800 pounds in 1993 has grown into the largest Summer Business Food & Fund Drive effort on behalf of Utah Food Bank. Because Fidelity Investments employees know that Utah Food Bank can stretch each $1 donated into $7.34 worth of goods and services, their annual fund drive has become a part of their organizational culture, and has set the example of what businesses in our communities can do for those in need.

This year’s golf-themed fund drive among more than 1,900 employees statewide encompassed several food-related fundraising activities such movie snacks & trivia and bake sales. In addition to their fund drive commitments during the summer, Fidelity Investments sponsors the Mobile School Pantry at Mary W. Jackson Elementary School, one of the 85 monthly program sites that Utah Food Bank will host during this school year. Last year, this program impacted 304,845 Utahns, 169,373 of whom were children.

Mark Barlow, Fidelity Investments Utah Regional Leader, said Fidelity Investments and Utah Food Bank’s shared commitment to help those who are hungry continues today:

“At Fidelity Investments, our employees are empowered to make a difference in the communities where we live and work. We’re incredibly proud that our long-term relationship with Utah Food Bank has resulted in a real impact on alleviating hunger in Utah. We relish the continued opportunity to help through our sponsorship of Mary Jackson Elementary’s Mobile School Pantry.”

“Between thousands of volunteer hours filled, hundreds of tons of food donated, and more than $1.6 million raised during the course of our remarkable history, Fidelity Investments employees have made an immeasurable impact on the 1 in 7 Utah children who are unsure where their next meal will come from,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “They have created a service-oriented culture and we can’t thank them enough for their year-round commitment to fighting hunger and improving the lives of thousands.”

Fidelity Investments 2019

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Smith’s Food & Drug, joined forces to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to us as part of Smithfield’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across the state. This year marked the third such donation to Utah Food Bank, bringing the grand total to 470,000 servings of protein provided through this effort.

“Here at the Utah Food Bank, we understand that hunger is all around us, but getting food to hungry Utahns requires considerable resources,” said Ginette Bott, president & CEO for Utah Food Bank. “We’re grateful for partners, like Smithfield Foods and Smith’s, who provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This donation will support many in our community, and we are pleased to continue working to alleviate hunger in our great state.”

Representatives from Smithfield and Smith’s, presented the donation to us, which is significant not only for its size, but also because it consists of much-needed, but rarely donated, protein-rich food items. After the donation, employees from Smithfield and Smith’s volunteered their time here at our warehouse filling boxes with food destined for homebound seniors and people with disabilities.

This was the 38th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 130 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we’re dedicated to feeding people, especially in the communities we call home,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We’re humbled to provide this donation to support our neighbors in need throughout Utah, and we’re pleased to partner with like-minded organizations like Smith’s as we work to alleviate food insecurity for all Americans.”

Smithfield Foods

For so many kids, summer means pools, sprinklers and fun. But for a surprising number of Utah children–142,320 of them to be exact–summer means worrying about where their next meal will come from. When school is out, so are the school meals that so many families rely on during the school year. To combat this, Utah Food Bank and many providers across the state off free meals through the Summer Food Service Program, which is sponsored by the USDA. These meals are available to children 18 years of age and under through a variety of sites such as parks and community centers across the state. Utah Food Bank is offering these meals at 50 sites this summer, with plans to serve more than 100,000 meals at sites located in Carbon, Davis, Iron, San Juan, Salt Lake, Utah and Washington Counties. In fact, we distributed over 47,000 meals in June alone, so we are well on our way to exceeding our 100,000 meal goal!

According to Jessie, a parent to two children who benefit from summer meals, “I worry about a lot of things. I worry about how I’m going to pay rent and how I’m going to put food on the table.” During the summer, when her kids don’t have access to school meals, Jessie also worries about filling in that meal gap for her children. Her son Deron admits “If we didn’t have the food from the community center, we wouldn’t eat as much in the summer. It helps us a lot.”

If you or anyone you know needs help filling the summer meal gap, there are several resources available:

  • View Utah Food Bank’s summer meal sites (closed until Summer 2020)
  • View the USDA list of summer meal sites throughout the state
  • Text “FOOD” to 877-877
  • Call the toll-free United Way 2-1-1 information and referral services hotline


It’s summer, and for many Utah families summer means swimming pools, vacations and playing at the park. But for the families we serve, summer means increased food insecurity due to the summer nutrition gap. When kids are out of school, they also lose access to school meal programs, and parents have to find a way to provide two additional meals daily, putting additional strain on an already-thin budget. These kids spend their summer worrying about where their next meal will come from instead of swimming at the pool. Sadly, donations are also at their lowest during the summer months as families in a position to help are busy with their summer activities.

Our annual Summer Business Food & Fund Drive runs through the end of August and focuses on local businesses, because just like hunger, they don’t take a summer vacation. We encourage businesses and organizations across the state to host food and/or fund drives at this critical time of need. There are so many creative ways to motivate your coworkers to give, whether it’s an opportunity to wear jeans in exchange for a donation, incentives for employees to participate, or even a bake sale to benefit our work. You’d be surprised to see what a little healthy inter-department competition can do in the name of helping Utah kids facing hunger!

We even offer a Virtual Food Drive, which allows you to create your own donation page where employees can “shop” for the items they wish to donate, while taking advantage of our incredible purchasing power!  If you prefer a traditional food drive, we offer supplies and transportation services (500 lbs. minimum) so your employees can donate at your workplace. Or you could take inspiration from sponsor Les Olson Company who supports us with a combination of the two, and even offers payroll deductions to their employees to make it even easier for them to participate!

If you’re not sure where to get started, take a look at our Food Drive FAQs. If you’re ready to help the 1 in 7 Utah kids facing hunger during this critical time of need, visit our Summer Business Food & Fund Drive webpage to sign up. Thank you for your support!

Summer Business Food & Fund Drive

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