Strengthening Southern Utah
Utah Food Bank’s mission is Fighting Hunger Statewide, and our foremost role in the communities throughout Utah is to provide food for the hungry or those at risk of hunger. There is no more basic need than that of food. Utah Food Bank strives, through its work and its resources, to reduce the toll that hunger and poverty takes on so many individuals in our communities. Last year, Utah Food Bank's Southern Distribution Center distributed more than 4.7 million pounds of food to Utah's seven southernmost counties - Beaver, Iron, Millard, Washington, Garfield, Kane and San Juan.
Opened in 2011, and located in St. George, the Utah Food Bank Southern Distribution Center also serves the Kanosh Paiute Mobile Pantry (MP) in Millard County and some small communities on the southern border in Arizona (Caliente MP, Navajo Mountain MP, and Desert Rose Charities).
Through the Utah Food Bank Southern Distribution Center, 24 local pantries and other partner organizations in Southern Utah are now receiving products more directly and frequently from Utah Food Bank. Utah Food Bank Southern Distribution Center works closely with 20 local grocery stores and collected over 1.5 million pounds last year through our Grocery Rescue program.
Historically, local pantries received fewer deliveries from Utah Food Bank’s Salt Lake City warehouse location, which required as much as a 12-hour round-trip journey for truck drivers. The outcome of more local food distribution locations encompasses service quality, creating more space for larger quantities of food in the service delivery area closest to the agency locations.