Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program complements both school meal programs and our other childhood hunger programs. It 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.
Each month during the school year, our truck arrives on the school property, where Utah Food Bank staff and volunteers assist students and their parents as they sign in and receive food. The amount of food distributed varies depending on the availability of donated and purchased foods. We attempt to provide as many healthy items as possible.
Mobile School Pantry deliveries are only available to the students of that school and their families and are completely free to the schools and their families in need. The impact of this program has been astounding—last year, through distribution at 67 school sites, we reached 284,181 individuals, 156,193 of whom were children.
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.
A heartfelt thanks go out to all the 2022-2023 Mobile School Pantry sponsors:
|AARP Utah||Elevated Retirement Group||Smith’s Food & Drug Stores|
|Albion Financial Group||EY||State Bank of Southern Utah|
|American Express||Fidelity Investments||Sysco Intermountain|
|Bergeson Family||Gerald Hawkins Family||TAB Bank|
|Bread Financial||Global Children Foundation||The Leavitt Group|
|Cedar City Rotary Club||Harmons||The Miner Foundation|
|Congregation Kol Ami||Hilltop United Methodist Church||The Pulmonary Team at University of Utah Health|
|C.R. England||Josh and Katie Garner||Tracy Christman|
|Cyprus Credit Union||Merit Medical||University of Utah Health|
|Delta Air Lines||O.C. Tanner Company||Wade Family Foundation|
|Discover||PwC||Wasatch Global Investors|
|Dominion Energy||Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah||Wells Fargo|
|Edwards Lifesciences||S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Foundation||York Engineering|
If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a Mobile School Pantry, please contact Lavine Shapiro at (801) 887-1221 or [email protected].