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Want to double-down on your donation this holiday season? For a limited time, thanks to our partnerships with Feeding America and Bank of America, each $1 you donate will be matched by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation with $2 through their Give a Meal program. That means that if you donate $25, we can receive $75!  To participate in this, you’ll have to follow these instructions – donations made through our regular donation form are not eligible.

Step 1: Click HERE for the donation form.

Step 2: Choose your donation amount  and enter your zip code. If it’s in Utah, your donation will be directed to us!

Step 3: Be sure to select the button next to “Your Local Food Bank” in the section under the large green bar.

Step 4: Complete the rest of the donation process.

Note: They will only match up to $1,000 per individual donor. Personal donations only – no corporate credit cards. You DO NOT have to be a Bank of America customer to participate!

Questions? Contact Heidi Cannella at communications@utahfoodbank.org or (801) 887-1278.

Thank you for your support!


Registration has officially opened for our 12th annual Utah Human Race, held on Thanksgiving morning (November 23) in Draper. This family-friendly 5K/10K race offers a chance to start a day of plenty with a great family activity that gives back to the community. Every registration fee and sponsorship dollar directly benefits Utah Food Bank’s work of Fighting Hunger Statewide. This is one of the largest 5K/10K events in the state with over 5,000 participants annually! If we can reach 6,000 participants this year, we estimate we will be able to provide 1 meal for each of the 392,000 Utahns facing hunger using the proceeds from this race alone! Running with an Attitude of Gratitude has even more meaning when you consider that 1 in 6 Utah children are unsure where their next meal is coming from, not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long.

Registration fees are $20 for the 5K race and $25 for the 10K race, which will start at either 7:30 a.m. (10K) or 8:00 a.m. (5K). The race route is certified by USA Track & Field, and begins and ends at the Draper Spectrum (12101 S. State Street). Online registration closes on November 20 at noon, but you can register in-person at packet pick-up for an additional $10, which is held on November 22 at Utah Food Bank’s SLC warehouse (there is no same-day registration OR packet pick-up). When you register, you can form a team, invite people to join you by either donating OR running with you, and the top fundraising team will win a Utah Grizzlies suite for 16 people at the January 6th game! So start recruiting and planning your costumes!

 

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Cameron Construction, Gold Sponsors Discover Card and U of U Health!

 

REGISTER TODAY!

 

Utah Human Race Costumes


Join us, Feeding America and our nationwide network of food banks this month as we help draw attention to the issue of hunger! To help us mobilize the public to act on behalf of the 48 million Americans facing hunger–and the 417,000 in Utah alone–we ask that you to lend your voice to the fight against hunger on social media during September. To participate in the Empty Plates Social Media campaign, all you have to do is share an image of yourself holding an empty plate and a message about what you can’t do on an empty stomach. If you want to use a paper plate, you could even write the message “On an empty stomach, I can’t ________” then in your comments let us know what you can do to help. Or use an empty dinner plate and just write your message in the post. Be sure to use the official #HungerActionMonth hashtag and tag us so we can see it, and perhaps we will share it on our social media as well! You can find us as Utah Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Empty Plates Social Media Campaign


After 24 years of working alongside Utah Food Bank to help feed the estimated 417,000 Utahns who face hunger, Fidelity Investments® has perfected a recipe for success. This year, Utah employees’ Summer Business Food and Fund Drive garnered more than $176,000 in donations, which will help feed more than 150 Utah families for a year.  Harnessing their time, talent and resources, employees used fun activities, team-building endeavors and, yes, a bake sale to raise the impactful proceeds. Starting in 1994, Fidelity’s employees have taken what began as a holiday food drive resulting in 800 pounds of food and turned it into a year-round partnership with incredible impact on an issue important to Utahns.

This year’s “We Think, We Can” drive among almost 1,975 employees statewide encompassed activities such as a chili and cornbread cook-off, a “Pie in the Face” activity, trivia contests and friendly team rivalries. Volunteers moved the drive to summer after finding out that it is often the most critical time of need for many families who depend on school meal programs during the school year.

In addition to their drive commitments during the summer, Fidelity sponsors and provides volunteers for the Mobile School Pantry at Jackson Elementary School, one of the 67 monthly program sites that Utah Food Bank will host during this school year. Chris Wimmer, Fidelity site general manager, said the bond between Fidelity and Utah Food Bank is as important to Fidelity employees as it is to Utah Food Bank: “Our employees genuinely look forward to the Summer Business Food & Fund Drive not only to help our fellow Utahns, but to show other companies that fundraising can be fun and a great team-building activity,” said Wimmer. “At Fidelity, we’re passionate about making 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 Jackson Elementary’s Mobile School Pantry.”

Between the thousands of volunteer hours filled, hundreds of tons of food donated, and more than $1.3 million raised during the course of our remarkable partnership, Fidelity employees have made an immeasurable impact on the 1 in 5 Utah children who are unsure where their next meal is coming from. THANK YOU, FIDELITY!

 

Fidelity Investments Presents Utah Food Bank with $176,000


Utah Food Bank is eligible to earn a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program, but we need your help to get it! Local State Farm Insurance Agent Curtis Hansen nominated Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program for this crowd-sourced philanthropic program, and it was selected from a group of 2,000 submissions for the final voting process. Now it’s your turn to cast your votes for the winners, and Utah Food Bank is the only eligible Utah-based organization!

Online voting begins August 16, and anyone with a valid email address can vote up to 10 times per day until August 25. To make the voting process even easier, all 10 votes can even be cast at once! Access to Utah Food Bank’s online profile can be found HERE. The 40 organizations earning the highest number of votes by midnight on August 25 will each win the $25,000 grant. “Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm successfully turning caring into doing in communities all across the U.S.” said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President. “The communities themselves play an important role in inspiring people to rally and vote for these important causes.”

Should Utah Food Bank be chosen, this funding will enable them to offer their Mobile School Pantry program at an additional five schools for the entire 2018-2019 school year. The Mobile School Pantry program provides free food, directly at the playground, of selected local schools on a monthly basis for the duration of the school year. This important effort approaches childhood hunger with the understanding that children are only truly protected from the pain and anxiety of hunger when their entire family has enough food to stay healthy, making it an especially effective and holistic approach to childhood hunger. This program impacted over 234,000 people last school year alone, 130,000 of whom were children.

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