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Our Holiday Food & Fund Drive officially ends today, and we want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support we received! The holiday season is a hectic time – there’s a flurry of things to do and a lot of things tugging for your attention. So thank you for making Fighting Hunger Statewide a part of your holiday to-do list!

Your generous gifts of food, time, and money helped stock the shelves of Utah Food Bank and emergency food pantries statewide through the holidays and into the spring months.  While many will continue to struggle to make ends meet for a long time to come, the pantries and stomachs of families across Utah are fuller because of your generosity. We could not have done it without our sponsors, so an extra special thanks goes to 107.3/94.9 New Country 12 in a Row, Chevron Refinery, Harmons, Riverton Chevrolet, and Wells Fargo.

 

 


As president and CEO of Utah Food Bank, I have been in a unique position to see both the challenges of the past year and the countless individuals, organizations, companies, and community leaders who have banded together to help us meet those obstacles. Thanks to all of your support, we continue Fighting Hunger Statewide despite an overwhelming increase in need and the unexpected hurdles thrown our way by this pandemic.

The outpouring of support from the community has been incredible, and it means that we can continue to help the thousands of Utahns facing hunger who will struggle to get back on their feet for what we figure is a long time to come. The number of people who have stepped up to join us in meeting this crisis has been awe-inspiring and heartwarming, and it has brought tears to my eyes on several occasions.

2020 brought with it a pandemic that caused hunger on a scale we’ve never seen before at Utah Food Bank. Hardworking parents lost their jobs, and soon after, food budgets disappeared.  Many of our neighbors had to seek assistance for the first time. The number of Utahns facing food insecurity skyrocketed to 511,000. The number of children unsure where their next meal would come from went from 1 in 7 to 1 in 5.

Along with the need for increased distribution came increased safety protocol at our warehouses to protect our staff and clients. That meant that for many months we had no warehouse volunteers.  It meant asking most of our office staff to work from home. The logistics of doing more with less was a daily obstacle for our employees – especially our drivers and warehouse employees. Through this past year, I have witnessed an incredible display of dedication, loyalty, and commitment to our cause from Utah Food Bank staff. They have managed to keep up with demand despite these obstacles and while maintaining a positive attitude.

Hopefully, 2021 brings with it brighter days, but no matter what the future holds, 2020 has shown me that come what may, Utahns will be here for their neighbors, and we will be here for any Utahn struggling to feed themselves or their families. From all of us at Utah Food Bank, thank you! We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Sincerely,

Ginette Bott

 

 


You can help us end this year with a BANG by participating in our end of year donation match, your last chance of the year to DOUBLE your impact! Each online donation made between December 28-31 will be doubled up to $100,000, thanks to a matching grant made possible by the Dan and Kim Huish Family Foundation.

 

Your gift will help feed twice as many of our neighbors in need.

 

With your doubled gift, we can provide twice as many meals for kids at our pantries located inside schools along with our Mobile School Pantry. Twice as many meals delivered to homebound seniors and disabled clients. Twice as many holiday meals for families in our communities who are facing their toughest holiday season yet. 511,000 Utahns don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. 1 in 5 children might go to bed hungry tonight. These statistics illustrate the magnitude of the hunger, but with supporters like you, we can fill more tummies and continue fighting hunger statewide.

 

Remember, if you are looking for a 2020 tax deduction, you must donate before midnight on December 31. You can make a credit card donation until midnight on December 31 while if you’re mailing in a contribution, make sure it has a 2020 postage date. If you prefer to drop off a contribution at our Salt Lake or St. George warehouses, please remember that we close at 5:00pm on December 31.

 

A donation match is a great way to maximize your gift to Utah Food Bank! Below are some other tips to help you make the most of your charitable contribution. Giving before the end of the year can benefit your community AND you!

 

  • Utilize the CARES Act. In addition to stimulus checks and other financial assistance, did you know that the CARES Act provides extra benefits to donors this year? Taxpayers can take a deduction for up to $300 (or $600 for a married couple filing jointly) in charitable contributions, and the benefits are even greater if you itemize.
  • Give stock. Do you have highly appreciated stock? You may be able to donate it and receive a charitable deduction for the current value AND avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation. Stocks and other appreciated assets like IRAs can take some time to transfer, so please contact us today!
  • Be tax-smart with your IRA. If you are 70½ or older, you can direct all or part of the IRS’ required annual minimum distribution (up to $100,000) from a traditional IRA to a nonprofit. You’ll reduce your taxable income while simultaneously benefitting our community.

 

2021 will be here before you know it. Please donate today!

 

 

 


If you’re looking for a way to spread cheer this Holiday Season, a great place to start is our annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive. You can help stock the shelves of Utah Food Bank and emergency food pantries statewide through the holidays and into the spring months. There are a multitude of ways to give back through Utah Food Bank, and whether it’s food, time, or money, your gift will truly impact the lives of our neighbors in need. Just like someone’s gift did for one of our staff members when they were a child.

I still remember the year Santa came to visit us in a small town in Missouri on Christmas Eve. I didn’t see him, but I saw the red Volkswagen Beetle he drove away in. I was seven years old and had started to realize that maybe our Christmas wasn’t going to be very magical. My parents did their best. We had a tree, and we sang Christmas songs. But we were poor, and while I didn’t have the words for it at the time, food insecure. My parents had made it clear it was unlikely Santa would make it to our house. But here he had come early! There on our doorstep was a black velvet bag with personalized gifts, and just as exciting, boxes full of food! A full Christmas dinner with all the fixings, and enough cans and boxes and fresh food for our family of six for several weeks.

Someone saw our need and filled it.

My mom later told me how much that kindness meant to her. How all they had left in the house for us to eat was a few cans of green beans, a loaf of bread, and half a jar of peanut butter. They were already stretched thin with paying bills and providing the necessities when our car broke down the month before and had to be fixed – no car would have meant no transportation for work.

The generosity of others put the magic back in the Holiday season for my family.

When you give to the Utah Food Bank, you can help do the same for the 511,000 of our neighbors here in Utah, including 1 in 5 children, who are currently feeling the pain and fear of not always having access to enough food. The pandemic has robbed many of the security they had, and a lot of people need help for the first time. By Fighting Hunger Statewide, we can lighten the load and brighten the holiday season. Together, we can bring back some of that magic.

Many thanks to the Holiday Food & Fund Drive sponsors 107.3/94.9 New Country 12 in a Row, Chevron Refinery, Harmons, Riverton Chevrolet, and Wells Fargo.

 

Holiday Food and Fund Drive


Now through December 11th, the Miller family and the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies are supporting Utah Food Bank and families in need by collecting non-perishable food items at their car dealerships and Megaplex Theatres locations statewide, Vivint Arena, and Smith’s Ballpark as part of their Driven to Celebrate holiday campaign.
 

As part of this celebration, the Larry H. Miller Group just announced that owner Gail Miller will match up to $100,000 in monetary donations to Utah Food Bank through the end of December. That means when you participate in the Driven to Celebrate Virtual Food Drive, every dollar you donate will be doubled! $100,000 will allow us to provide 414,000 meals to Utahns facing hunger. With the match, that’s nearly one million meals!
 

By combining a virtual food drive with a donation match, you get the best of both worlds. No Shopping. No Lines. No Lifting. A Virtual Food Drive allows you to “shop” for our most-needed items and cover related transportation costs, all without the hassle of having to visit a store – and while capitalizing on our bulk purchasing power! Add a donation match and imagine the impact your doubled contribution will have for our neighbors in need this holiday season!
 

If you would like to donate non-perishable food items to support their efforts, the Larry H. Miller Group is providing a voucher book for in-person food donations at their venues, with the opportunity to see Christmas Classic Movies at Megaplex Theatres, a free car wash from any Utah Larry H. Miller Dealership location, free Salt Lake Bees tickets and a discount to the Utah Jazz Team Store.
 

If you’d like to make a donation to help us meet the match, please click HERE.
 

Thank you to Gail Miller and her family, along with Larry H. Miller Group for this generous holiday donation that will help make the holidays a little brighter for Utahns facing hunger!
 

 

 

 


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