The Cold Truth of Food Insecurity

Inflation has impacted the price of everything around us – food, rent, gas, and even electricity. With wages nowhere near meeting these rising costs, many who were already living paycheck to paycheck find themselves having to make tough choices this holiday season…a time when budgets naturally get a little tighter. This is especially true for […]

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Expanding to Better Serve Our Indigenous Neighbors

It’s Native American Heritage month, a great time to talk about how Utah Food Bank is expanding our reach to better serve our neighbors who belong to Utah’s indigenous population, located primarily in San Juan County. According to the 2020 Census, 52% of San Juan County residents identify as Native American, while only 2.7% of […]

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Hunger Action Month $50K Donation Match!

As part of Feeding America’s nationwide network of partners, we look forward to September every year. We welcome all things pumpkin, school beginning again, and, most importantly, Hunger Action Month! It’s a month designed to encourage us all to take action on the issue of hunger.  This annual month-long campaign brings attention to the reality of […]

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When Everything Snowballs

“I came home from the grocery store the other day, and my mom said, That’s a hundred dollars worth of food?! I said, ‘It is now.’ And it’s hard.”   Meet Dawn. She visits one of our partner food pantries to help feed her family after a series of difficulties left her family struggling to […]

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Lily’s Lunch

Summer vacation isn’t over yet. In many school districts, it can last up to 90 days—and for kids and teens who rely on school meals—these last few weeks can feel like forever. There are hungry children in our community—like Lily, who used to love lunchtime. She’d have a sandwich, an apple, and peanut butter crackers. […]

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A Long Hard Summer

Donations to Utah Food Bank have slowed over the summer—but hunger certainly has not. The cost of food, housing, energy, and seemingly everything else has reached an unmanageable level. It has our neighbors sacrificing one basic need, like food, over another—and they’re looking for a solution. What happens if there is no solution? Parents will […]

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Proud to Serve Anyone in Need

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate diversity in the communities we live and serve in and recommit ourselves to the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. Despite recent strides, studies show that the LGBTQ+ community is more than twice as likely to experience food insecurity than non-LGBTQ+ adults.   We recently read a quote from […]

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Every Meal Has a Story

There are as many faces of hunger as there are causes. Their stories are all around us: the overworked parents skipping meals to save money in the face of rising costs, the sick, retired widow who must choose between food and medicine, and the children who have adapted to the hollow ache of hunger. Because […]

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Hunger Harms Mental Health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and we believe it’s important to acknowledge the connection between mental health and food insecurity. The challenges of food insecurity are many – it goes beyond empty tummies – and no age group is safe from the harmful effects it plays on mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated […]

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Let’s “Stamp Out Hunger” this Saturday!

  It’s back! After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the 30th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is THIS SATURDAY, May 14! This is the nation’s largest 1-day food drive – it has provided 19.3 million pounds in Utah alone since 1993 – and we are so grateful to the many letter […]

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