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Step up to the tee to fill a plate at our annual Driving Out Hunger golf tournament. This year’s event will be held on Monday, June 17, starting at 8:00 am at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy. This fun, scramble-format tournament directly supports our programs, operations and outreach. There are plenty of ways to participate–as a four-player team ($1,000), a two-person team ($500) or you can even opt for a “mulligan” by donating without participating.

Team registrations include a continental breakfast at check-in, which starts at 7:00 am, and lunch at the awards ceremony immediately following the tournament.  Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Sysco Intermountain, for their support of the event. There is only room for 36 foursomes at this event, and the registration deadline is coming up on June 7, so get your foursome together today and start practicing your swing! REGISTER…

Driving Out Hunger


In Utah, 382,000 Utahns face hunger. Even more alarming is that 1 in 7 Utah children don’t know where their next meal will come from. To raise awareness and combat the issue of hunger, Utah Food Bank is partnering with Walmart, Sam’s Club and Feeding America for the sixth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign, which runs until May 20. There are several ways to participate, including purchasing a participating item in-store or online or donating in-store at registers. This is a national campaign which will also benefit Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, of which we are a member. All donations made in Utah Walmart or Sam’s Club locations will directly benefit our work of Fighting Hunger Statewide.

With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years, Utah customers and members can help the Feeding America network secure its 1 billion cumulative meals goal in the following ways:

  • For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs or on Walmart.com during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits.
  • Donate money to your local Feeding America food bank at participating Sam’s Club and Walmart stores in the U.S.

Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Utah Food Bank. A purchase of one of the 267 participating items helps secure the equivalent of one meal. Each Walmart and Sam’s Club will partner with at least one Feeding America local food bank, and the 18 participating suppliers include: Bush Brothers, Campbell’s, Conagra Brands, Cliff Bar, General Mills, Gold Peak Tea, Great Value, Hidden Valley, JM Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, McCormick, Motts, PepsiCo, Post, Uncle Ben’s, Nature Nate’s Honey and Unilever.

“As we go into our sixth year of the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign, it’s exciting to approach the 1 billion mark in terms of charitable meals secured for Feeding America over the life of the program,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Food insecurity continues to affect communities across the United States. Working with Feeding America, our customers, members, associates and suppliers, Walmart and Sam’s Club aim to be part of the solution.”

To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.


Did you know that April is national Volunteer Month? This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities and encouraging volunteerism throughout the month (and the year). Last year, we were the beneficiaries of 101,022 volunteer hours. That’s a pretty impressive number on it’s own, but when you consider that is the equivalent of 49 full-time employees, you get an understanding of just how vital volunteer work is to our mission. With a staff of only 104 individuals, we depend on our volunteers more than most people imagine! We simply could not distribute 43.3 million pounds across the state, free-of-charge to our 150 partner agencies, without this help!  This month, we recognized some of our standout volunteers from this last year with plaques in our Volunteer Sort Room. Those volunteers included:

  • Board Member Volunteer of the Year: Linda Ashton
  • Corporate Volunteer Group of the Year: C.R. England/England Logistics
  • Individual Volunteer of the Year: Erik Carlson

We thank each and every one of you who volunteer your time with us whether it’s here in our warehouse, at one of our Kids Cafe or Mobile School Pantry sites, delivering food boxes and all the other ways your valuable time is spent helping us in our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide.

If you would like to find out more about how your time can fight hunger, please click HERE.


Want to take chance on a phenomenal prize AND help us feed Utahns facing hunger at the same time? Consider participating in our Night at the Warehouse gala Opportunity Drawing! For a suggested ticket price contribution of $100*, you may participate in our World Traveler Opportunity Drawing on April 27, 2019. You do not need to be present to win!  Opportunity Drawing ticket sales close at noon on Saturday, April 27. Click on the image below for more information. 

 

The opportunity drawing winner will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card and will get to choose one of these spectacular international travel destinations!

Opportunity Drawing Destinations


Utah Food Bank and its partner agencies across the state are working with the Boy Scouts of America to help Fight Hunger Statewide during the 33rd annual Scouting For Food, scheduled for Saturday, March 16.  This food drive comes at a critical time when supplies at Utah Food Bank and emergency food pantries are beginning to thin following the holiday season. This effort has provided the equivalent of over 19 million meals since the effort began, and scouts hope to hit the 21 million meal mark with this year’s efforts. To put that in perspective, if each household in Utah donated two cans of food, they would reach their goal!

Scouts will be going door-to-door across the state to distribute reminders to Utah residents during the week of March 11th. Utah residents are encouraged to fill any bag or box with non-perishable food items to leave on their doorstep by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th, when Scouts will return to pick up the food donations. All donations will be delivered to Utah Food Bank, regional food banks, and emergency food pantries statewide. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at your local food pantry or regional food bank, or at Utah Food Bank’s Salt Lake warehouse (3150 South 900 West).  Once again, the Utah National Guard will come out in full force with logistics support on the day of the food drive as well! Residents who receive door hangers as reminders may also support the Scout’s efforts financially by taking their door hanger to any Smith’s Food & Drug Store between March 15 and March 18, where they can donate at check stands.
 
“It is so rewarding to see the members of Utah’s three Boy Scouts of America councils working with the Utah National Guard to help us fight hunger statewide. We truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into this effort, and the impact that it has on the one in seven kids in Utah who face hunger,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “When kids are hungry, they can’t concentrate in school and entire classrooms can be affected. The youth participating in this effort will be helping fellow classmates or friends—and will also positively impact the classroom environments at their own schools.”
 
Donated food should be commercially packaged (non-glass), non-perishable and nutritious items (ideally low-sodium and low-sugar items). Most-needed food items include beef stew, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals, canned meats and canned fruits and vegetables.  For more information about Scouting for Food or to find a local food pantry, visit www.utahfoodbank.org/scouting.
 
Scouting For Food


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