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Want to take chance on some great prizes 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 the following opportunities. The drawing will take place at our event on April 28, but you DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!

2 Round-Trip Delta One® tickets valid between the U.S. & Europe (travel to be completed by 4/28/19). Flights subject to availability; passengers responsible for all baggage fees & taxes; vouchers cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or expire; other restrictions may apply. VALUE: $10,440. Special thanks to Delta Air Lines!

 

Exquisite custom-built playhouse measuring 12’L x 8’W x 10’H including 4′ deck, finished interior with loft, furnishings and more! Delivery included (UT only). VALUE: $10,000. Special thanks to TriCity Construction!

 

We will only be selling 300 tickets per item, and the limit is 10 tickets (per person per item).*Contribution is not tax-deductible.

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Delta Air Lines

Dream Playhouse


To help celebrate national Volunteer Month, we hosted our annual Open Hearts Helping Hands luncheon recently, where we recognized our top volunteers for the past year. We were the beneficiaries of 83,418 volunteer hours — the equivalent of 40 full time employees! We simply do not have the resources to hire an additional 40 staff members, so when we say that volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, we mean it!  This year’s honorees included:

  • Individual Volunteer of the Year – Bruce Lindberg
  • Board Member of the Year – Katelyn Thompson of University of Utah Health
  • Corporate Group of the Year – University of Utah Health
  • Group of the Year – The Hunger Alliance

Thank you to EVERYONE who spends your valuable time volunteering to help us feed Utahns facing hunger, and please join us in applauding our awardees!

Open Hearts Helping Hands Awardees


Smithfield Foods, Inc. joined forces with Smith’s Food & Drug Stores to donate more than 35,000 pounds of protein this past week. This contribution was part of the Smithfield’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes donation tour, which is now in it’s 10th year. This program is the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. This donation, which is equivalent to more than 143,000 servings of protein, will go a long way in helping the 392,000 Utahns facing hunger.  It’s made even more impactful when you consider how rarely highly nutritious and protein-rich perishable foods are donated, yet how desperately they are needed to fill nutrition gaps for people who are food insecure.

This is the second such year for this donation, and we had a great time unloading some beautiful hams from the C.R. England truck they arrived on. In fact, C.R. England drivers are responsible for ensuring these donations make it safely to their destinations at food banks across the country.  Utah Food Bank board members and staff were joined by Smith’s Food & Drug Stores representatives, along with key staff members from Smithfield Foods, in forming a line to help unload these products. Thanks again to everyone involved in making this special donation happen!

Smithfield FoodsDonation


Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28, and join us for our 9th annual Night at the Warehouse gala! This event is held at our Salt Lake City warehouse, and is a great way to take your support of Utahns facing hunger to the next level!  The evening features live and silent auctions, dinner and our ALWAYS exciting Iron Chef-style competition featuring some of Utah’s finest culinary talent! This year’s theme focuses on the great outdoors and the idea that “Only YOU Can Prevent Hunger.” The attire is casual (outdoorsy duds to be exact) and the lively atmosphere will ensure that a great time is had by all. Tickets are $150/person or $1,500/table of 10, and the RSVP deadline is April 16, so hurry and get your tickets! You’ll be surprised to learn about the scope of our work across the entire state, and all funds raised directly support our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. So channel your inner (or outer) outdoor enthusiast, and join us and Presenting Sponsor Wheeler Machinery Co. as we celebrate Utah’s natural beauty!

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Night at the Warehouse gala


Scouting For Food, which will be held on March 17th this year, celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the three local Scout Councils (Great Salt Lake, Trapper Trails and Utah National Parks) working with Utah Food Bank to Fight Hunger Statewide.  This food drive, powered by 55,000 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from across the state, has provided the equivalent of over 18 million meals statewide since 1997 alone, and scouts hope to hit the 20 million meal mark with this year’s efforts! This food drive comes at a critical time when supplies at food pantries across the state are beginning to dwindle after the holiday season.

 

Participating is easy! During the week leading up to the food drive, residents across the state will receive a door hanger (or bag in some areas) to encourage participation.  Fill any bag or box with non-perishable food items and leave it on your porch no later than 9:00 a.m., when Scouts will go door-to-door to pick up the food donations. If you live in an area that receives a yellow bag as a reminder in lieu of a door hanger, you can use that for your donation.  Most needed food items include beef stew, chili, peanut butter, canned meats/tuna and boxed meals. All donated food should be commercially-packaged and non-perishable, and low-sodium and low-sugar nutritious items are especially appreciated. We request no glass packages as they have a tendency to break once collected. If you live in an area that receives door hangers and would like to support the effort financially, just take your door hanger to any Utah Smith’s Food & Drug Stores from March 16-19, where you can donate at check stands.

 

The filled bags are then delivered to Utah Food Bank, emergency food pantries and other designated drop-off points. YRC Freight, Xtra Lease, May Trucking, the Utah National Guard and Search and Rescue all help transport donations from drop-off points to Utah Food Bank’s emergency food assistance network.

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