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Registration is now open for our annual Driving Out Hunger golf tournament! After a year off, we are excited to get back to the greens on June 14th for this fun event, where you can step up to the tee to fill a plate! All funds raised from this scramble-format tournament will directly support Utah Food Bank programs, operations, outreach, and education efforts.

You can participate by forming a two-person or four-person team, become a Corporate Sponsor, or even opt for a “mulligan” by donating to Utah Food Bank without participating. There is only room for 35 foursomes at this event, and the registration deadline is June 11, so get your team together today and start practicing your swing!

 

Event Details:

7 am – 7:50 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8 am: Shotgun Start
1 pm: Lunch & Awards Ceremony
Willow Creek Country Club
8505 Willow Creek Drive
Sandy, UT

*Social distancing safety protocols will be adhered to. Separate carts are available upon request during the registration process.

*Cost:

Four-Player Team Entry: $1,000
Two-Player Team Entry: $500

*Includes continental breakfast and lunch

REGISTER NOW!

 

 

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Great news! The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is offering a $100,000 match for the month of March! It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the country shut down due to COVID-19. Over the past twelve months, the pandemic has pushed countless families into crisis, and the number of Utahns facing food insecurity has skyrocketed. Even before the pandemic, many of your neighbors in Utah were facing hunger.

Now, the need for food is just as great as it was at the beginning of the pandemic. The lines at Utah Food Bank’s partner agencies and Mobile Pantry distributions are even longer. Consistent employment is still uncertain. More families are struggling between paying their rent and utilities—or buying food.

Kathy and her husband have been struggling to get by on a single income ever since health concerns forced her out of work. “I’m doing everything I can to get back to the life we had,” Kathy said. “It’s a scary feeling not having enough to feed your kids.”

All across Utah, the demand for food remains high. Kathy and many other Utah families are counting on us for relief. We are serving 510,590 people this year—198,090 of whom are children—and we’re expecting thousands more still need help accessing enough food to feed their families.

It takes a lot of support to feed so many people, but with your help, we can do it.

Every $1 you give creates $8.03 worth of goods and services — and right now, that amount can be doubled! Your generosity can feed twice as many Utah families in desperate need of support! You can be the reason your neighbor goes to bed with a full stomach and the peace of mind that they aren’t struggling alone in the fight against hunger.

Give now to have your donation matched, up to a total of $100,000! Your gift must be sent no later than March 31st if it’s going to be doubled through this Matching Gift Challenge, thanks to the support of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

Donate Now!

 

 

 


You don’t want to miss out on the 1st annual statewide Feed Utah food drive, so be sure to mark Saturday, March 20th at 9 am on your calendar! Due to COVID-19, it’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to participate in a statewide food drive, so we are excited to get back into the swing of things with the first-ever Feed Utah food drive!

Residents across the state will receive door hangers during the days leading up to the food drive, and you can participate by placing a bag or box of non-perishable food outside your front door by 9 am on the 20th for pickup by volunteers.

The Feed Utah food drive will help provide food and much-needed sustenance to those still trying to get back on their feet in uncertain times. 511,000 Utahns face hunger – including 1 in 5 children.  This pandemic didn’t just impact our food drives and fundraising events; it has had devastating repercussions for many of our neighbors. The economic fallout has meant many of our neighbors are needing our help for the first time.

Together, we can help! While these are challenging times, we know that working together, Utahns are capable of incredible things. This food drive will unite the power of Utah’s diverse religions, communities, organizations, and residents in the fight against hunger – all while adhering to strict social distancing recommendations and safety protocols.

The food you donate will be collected by volunteers and then distributed to Utah Food Bank and our statewide network of 203 partner agencies, so you can be confident it will go where it’s needed most. One of the great things about a food drive is it provides variety to the food we can offer. That being said, our most needed food items are:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, or beef)
  • Chili
  • SpaghettiOs/Ravioli
  • Canned Fruits
  • Other Boxed Meals

In addition to donating food, you can help in the following ways:

  • Donate financially to Utah Food Bank’s Feed Utah effort.
  • If your food donation is not collected, you can take it to the nearest drop-off location.
  • Help us spread the word on social media!

Special thanks to partnerships with Associated Food Stores, JustServe, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the NAACP,  Bonneville Salt Lake (KSL TV, KSL Newsradio, FM100.3 and 103.5 The Arrow), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah Alliance and the Utah National Guard.

 


When the groundhog saw his shadow this year, he wasn’t messing around!  Bitter winter weather is gripping the country, even in places that don’t typically experience it. For Utahns, this means salting porches, driving more carefully, and bundling up a little more, but our lives typically don’t stop when it snows. However, while the groundhog seeing his shadow is a fun way to talk about winter weather, what’s less fun is the cold reality that freezing temperatures create for Utahns who are already struggling to pay their bills and keep food on the table.

Unfortunately, heat or eat is an impossible question many of our neighbors facing food insecurity must ask themselves. How do you choose between ensuring your children stay warm and making sure their bellies are full? When you give to Utah Food Bank, you help make it possible for our neighbors in need to keep food on the table while putting their limited resources towards other essentials, like heat.

 

Brittany, a Mobile Pantry client, shared with us how Utah Food Bank has made it possible for her family to stay warm and well-fed.

“The things that make life a little more comfortable are things we’ve been able to do thanks to the help we receive from the Mobile Pantry. Now we can do things like let the kids eat as much as they want. Having insufficient food is miserable, and the kids worry about it. The little luxuries are only made possible thanks to the Mobile Pantry, like turning on the heat! I didn’t think about the fact that we don’t turn on the heat … we just put on another sweater. The other day, I had my coat on in the house, but I could not get warm. I went and checked the thermostat, and it was 42 degrees inside the house! So I finally decided to turn the heat on. Thankfully we could afford to because of the food we get from the Mobile Pantry. It sure was nice to turn it on!”

Winter may be here to stay for a while longer, but with your support, it is a little less bleak.

 

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Learn more about Brittany and her family here.

 


February is a month to share your heart and your love with others. Why not consider sharing your heart with the tens of thousands of Utahns still struggling to get back on their feet after a tough year by signing up to become a sustaining donor?

When you join the Meal Makers Monthly Giving Club, your donation will be automatically deducted every month and go where it’s needed most in the fight against hunger. It’s the most efficient way to help all year long! 

Joining our Meal Makers Monthly Giving Club ensures a predictable source of income we can count on – so that our statewide network of partner agencies and food pantries keep their shelves stocked. Plus, monthly giving is the easiest and most cost-effective way to give to Utah Food Bank, allowing us to put even more of your contribution to work. We can turn each dollar you donate into $8.03 worth of goods and services. And if your circumstances change, you can increase or lower the amount you give at any time.

In 2019, the number of Utahns facing food insecurity was 374,000, including 1 in 7 children. In 2020 those already high numbers skyrocketed to 511,000 Utahns and 1 in 5 children. The pandemic has devastated so many of our neighbors. Some who were living paycheck to paycheck now find themselves out of work. Many who never needed outside help before now find themselves needing our support for the first time. So this year, resolve to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors. Resolve to put food in the hungry tummies of children, relieve some of the burden for struggling families, and give comfort to homebound seniors and disabled clients. Then let us help you keep that resolution all year.

Join the Meal Makers Monthly Giving Club today!

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