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You CAN change hunger with your spare change when you sign up for Cointributor, which revolutionizes charitable giving by rounding up the spare change from your everyday purchases and automatically donating it to Utah Food Bank! Because we can stretch each $1 donated into $7.48 worth of goods and services, just think of how the spare change from your daily stop for coffee (or soda) could impact the 1 in 6 Utah kids facing hunger!

Do the math: .45 spare change from your daily latte x 5 days a week = $2.25 donation weekly. When you look at this over a month’s time, just this daily small donation could feed a family of four for three days – that might just be enough to help them ensure their kids aren’t going to bed hungry during the last few days before their next paycheck.

 

Signing up is easy, and it just takes a few minutes (in fact it’s similar to signing up for Venmo) and you can link either a checking account or credit card. You can sign up online, or download our free app where you can track your donations so you can really see how your small change is helping Utah families. You can even set monthly minimum and maximum contributions, and your information is completely secure. FIND OUT MORE…

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Step up to the tee to fill a plate at our annual Driving Out Hunger golf tournament. This year’s event will be held on Monday, June 4, starting at 8:00 am at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy. This fun, scramble-format tournament directly supports our programs, operations and outreach. There are plenty of ways to participate–as a four-player team ($1,000), a two-person team ($500) or you can even opt for a “mulligan” by donating without participating.

Team registrations include a continental breakfast at check-in, which starts at 7:00 am, and lunch at the awards ceremony immediately following the tournament. When you register as a four-person team you’ll also get to have a hole marked with your company’s logo on it. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Sysco Intermountain, for their support of the event. There is only room for 45 foursomes at this event, and we are more than halfway to being sold out, so get your foursome together today and start practicing your swings! REGISTER…

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Letter carriers and hunger have one thing in common: neither is affected by the season, which is why on Saturday, May 12th, letter carriers will collect food statewide to help the 392,000 Utahns facing hunger. Utah Food Bank asks residents across the state to help “Stamp Out Hunger” by filling the reminder bag you will receive with non-perishable food donations. Then, can simply leave the bag near your mailbox no later than 9:00 a.m. on May 12th and your letter carrier will collect and deliver food donations to Utah Food Bank and its statewide network of 149 partner agencies.

All donations will be distributed to food pantries in the community where the donation is made. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at the closest food pantry, Utah Food Bank’s Salt Lake or St. George warehouses or any Harmons location. Donated food should be commercially packaged and non-perishable items with an emphasis on items that are low in sodium, sugar, and corn syrup. Most needed food items include beef stew, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals and canned meats. Look for reminder bags and postcards in your mailbox during the week leading up to the food drive to encourage statewide participation.

“The donations received as a result of this food drive come at a crucial time as school gets out and many kids are left without access to school meal programs, placing additional strain on already tight family budgets,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “Community support of this effort will truly make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 6 Utah kids at risk of missing a meal today.”

The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and United States Postal Service. In Utah and across the nation, this food drive has emerged as one of the largest single-day food drives, resulting in more than 71 million pounds of food nationally last year.
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We are proud to announce that our Board of Directors has named Ginette Bott as our new President and Chief Executive Officer. Bott replaces Jim Yorgason, who announced his retirement in January 2018.

In compliance with Utah Food Bank bylaws, the Governance Committee, led by Board Chair David Allred and Board Chair-Elect Ryan Dent, oversaw the search committee in this selection. The goal of the selection committee was to cast as wide of a net as possible in seeking candidates for the position, allowing the committee to compare candidates from a broad spectrum of experience, including non-profit, education and private industry.

“I am so pleased with the selection of Ginette Bott as the next President & CEO of Utah Food Bank. Ginette has served in key roles at the food bank, and her influence on the development of critical programs and resources is significant,” said Allred. “Together with an excellent executive team and staff and tens of thousands of volunteers, Ginette will offer leadership to strengthen current relationships and establish new partnerships with a focus on creativity and innovation in Fighting Hunger Statewide.”

Bott joined Utah Food Bank’s staff in 2009 following 23 years of management and marketing experience at Fidelity Investments and holds dual B.S. degrees in Business Management and Marketing. In her role as Chief Development Officer, Ginette has served as the key media spokesperson for Utah Food Bank, overseeing public relations and development strategies to create innovative fundraising and community engagement efforts. In addition, she managed the volunteer, programs and development departments, as well as mentoring staff to strengthen leadership skills.

“I am incredibly grateful to the Board of Directors and selection committee for this opportunity. I have been actively involved in Utah Food Bank’s mission for more than 25 years, but my passion for helping people started long before that,” said Bott. “I look forward to leading this great team as we continue to do everything in our power to prevent Utah children from having to go to bed hungry.”

Utah Food Bank thanks outgoing President & CEO Jim Yorgason for his 8 years of service and leadership at Utah Food Bank and wishes him well on his retirement journey. According to Yorgason, “I am thrilled with the selection and am confident that Ginette will utilize her considerable skills and expertise to continue to lead Utah Food Bank in a positive direction.”

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Recently, over 1,200 dancers from 22 studios across the Wasatch Front participated in the annual Will Dance For Food event to help feed kids facing hunger in Utah. All funds raised are used to help other children, so their donations support our childhood hunger programs. Over 3,600 people were in attendance for the 2-day dance competition, and we were presented with their biggest donation to date…$73,000! This annual event has taken place since 2012, and also includes an incredibly successful peanut butter drive every year. In fact, the Will Dance For Kids Project group has raised enough funds and donated enough food to equal over 1.3 MILLION MEALS since our partnership began!

These funds were raised in a variety of ways – competition entry fees, sponsors for participating kids and studios, in-kind donations and they also sell $1 Hearts & Hands tickets for an opportunity drawing to win airline tickets. They also host a live and silent auction, with all proceeds adding to their total donation. Some of the sponsors for their event include JetBlue, ChickFilA, Identity Signs, Alphagraphics South Salt Lake, The Trophy Corner, Fusion Sound & Thread and Ink Design.

We are so grateful to all the dancers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and organizers of this remarkable event and are always inspired to see how hard these kids work to help feed fellow kids across the state who are facing hunger!


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