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Nearly 5.5 million seniors in the United States and 12% of Utah seniors struggle with hunger. Since 2001, hunger among seniors has increased by 45%. This number is expected to grow to more than 8 million by 2050.

Just like children, seniors require proper nutrition to stay healthy and strong. Not having enough nutritious food is especially damaging, significantly increasing their risk for chronic health conditions like depression, heart attack, asthma, and congestive heart failure.

Senior hunger is complex. Many seniors live on fixed incomes and have limited finances, so they are often forced to choose between feeding themselves and other family members, paying medical bills, or housing expenses.

A real-life example of how complicated this struggle can be is Pat & Red, an elderly couple who worked their entire lives but never made enough to save. They spent what they had to provide for their family. But now in retirement, they are left with a small, fixed income. They depend on their grown children, who have families of their own, to provide assistance. But even with the help of their children, Pat & Red are still unable to make ends meet. They skip meals. They skip medication. Pat is a diabetic. Red has severe, advanced Alzheimer’s and requires 24-hour care.

There are many ways Utah Food Bank is working to support these clients. Our Food Box program is just one of those ways. Last year we delivered over 46,000 food boxes to homebound seniors and people with disabilities. This invaluable resource not only hand-delivers a week’s worth of food, but it also serves as a welcomed visitor by someone who cares about them.

There are many ways to give back to seniors in our communities whose needs can be hard to see. You can give food, time or money this holiday season and make sure everyone in Utah has enough to eat.

To find out more about our senior hunger programs, please visit utahfoodbank.org/programs/

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Pat & Red

Today is Giving Tuesday, and an anonymous friend of ours will match your gift, up to $25,000! With our ability to stretch each $1 into $7.34 worth of goods & services, just imagine what we could do with just a $10 gift while we have a donation match available!

With 1 in 7 Utah children unsure where their next meal will come from, supporting us on Giving Tuesday could go a long way to ease the burden of hunger on these children.

Following several days of plenty such as Thanksgiving, Black Tuesday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the giving season by inspiring people to give back across the globe. This global day of giving harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity.

Please consider supporting us, or any of the other non-profit organizations who improve lives and communities this Giving Tuesday!

CLICK HERE TO DOUBLE YOUR GIVING TUESDAY DONATION!


Utah Food Bank is proud to announce that we have officially been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Salt Lake Tribune. This recognition only confirms something our approximately 100 employees already know — Utah Food Bank is a GREAT place to work! Now in its sixth year, this list of honorees is based solely on employee feedback, measuring aspects of workplace culture and environment, including alignment with the organization’s mission, execution, and connection to the clients and community served.
Job seekers are looking for much more than a paycheck—they want to work within a culture that aligns with their own values. This award will help Utah Food Bank retain and attract top talent, which can be especially tricky for nonprofit organizations in a competitive and crowded job market.

“Culture is and has been a significant priority for us at Utah Food Bank. We are humbled and thrilled to be recognized for it, especially by our own employees” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “Top Workplaces is not an honor you can buy – it’s an honor we can and will work towards keeping.”

According to additional workplace surveys, 93% of our staff believe that Utah Food Bank has a positive impact on the local community, and that the mission of our organization plays a big role in the way that employees feel about their jobs. This same survey showed that 90% of our employees feel that they have a trusting and respectful relationship with their supervisors. At Utah Food Bank, we find that the mission keeps our staff coming to work, and their relationships with coworkers and supervisors creates an environment that fosters success and job satisfaction.

“We are so grateful to be chosen for this honor by our employees. Our unique culture is thanks to a partnership between staff and management who all have a common goal in mind: feeding those facing hunger statewide,” according to Aimee Botelho, Utah Food Bank Director of Human Resources. “Our organization’s success is created by all of these amazing people who are highly engaged and determined to make the world a better place!”

View the full list of Top Workplaces.

View our open job opportunities.

 

 


Join us for our 14th annual Utah Human Race, held on Thanksgiving morning (November 28) in Draper. All of our runners have a direct impact on the 374,000 Utahns facing hunger because all registration fees and sponsorship dollar benefits our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. This race is one of the largest 5K/10K races in the state and we expect a crowd of more than 5,000 runners and their families dressed in their finest costumes.

This year’s race will be in a new location, but still in Draper– Vista Station Business Park (12921 Vista Station Blvd.) Also new this year– both 10K and 5K races will begin at 8:00 a.m.

 
Registration fees are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Early Bird discount of $5 per person is available through October 31st, using promo code EarlyBird2019. Online registration closes on November 25th at noon. You will not be able to register the day of the race, but registration will be available in-person during packet pick-up at Utah Food Bank on November 27th.

 
Registering an individual or a team is easy and you can spearhead your own fundraising efforts within your social groups, which only increases the impact this race has on our neighbors in need.

To register, please visit www.UtahHumanRace.org.

Can’t wait to see you Thanksgiving morning. Gobble gobble.


Utah Food Bank is thrilled to announce a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to help fund the expansion of the Mobile School Pantry Program in Utah County. The Mobile School Pantry program provides a cost-effective food distribution point for children and their families at the end of the school day in a safe and trusted environment—the school playground. Last year, Utah Food Bank served 305,000 individuals statewide, 169,000 of whom were children, through this program alone. Across the state, an estimated 142,320 Utah children, the equivalent of 1 in 7, face the pain of hunger.

 

Current research shows that children who lack sufficient nutrition are more likely to experience physical, emotional and developmental impairment. The Mobile School Pantry program approaches childhood hunger with the understanding that children are only truly protected from the pain and anxiety of hunger when their whole family has enough food to stay healthy. This approach makes the Mobile School Pantry program especially effective. Teachers and school administrators report that this holistic approach creates better educational environments and a stronger sense of community among the student body and their families.

 

This school year, the program has increased participating schools statewide from 69 to 85, with an additional 11 new schools in Utah County. Expansion throughout Utah County has been a significant priority of Utah Food Bank, partially due to the lack of food resources available for its residents who face hunger. In fact, despite the fact that Salt Lake and Utah Counties have similar hunger rates, the ratio of food pantries to people facing hunger in Salt Lake County is 1 to 1,397, while in Utah County that ratio is 1 to 12,458. Insufficient infrastructure combined with a general lack of awareness of need in Utah County means that this expansion will go a long way in helping to close this resource gap.

 

According to Kevin Johnson, Branch Manager, “With an engaged employee base and a culture of giving back, Morgan Stanley is honored to support Utah Food Bank in its efforts to help the children in our community get the food they need.”

 

“We are thrilled to receive this vital grant from Morgan Stanley in support of the Mobile School Pantry Program, particularly in Utah County, where 14% of children face hunger,” said Ginette Bott, President & CEO of Utah Food Bank. “Morgan Stanley is a terrific partner in Fighting Hunger Statewide, and we are grateful for the support its employees have shown through generous donations of both time and financial contributions.”

For more information about this program, please click HERE.

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