Ginette Bott, Chief Marketing Officer for Utah Food Bank came on GTU Monday to talk about the holiday food drive.
Nationally, Utah is ranked as one of the most food insecure states in the country.
Roughly 472,000 Utahns are at risk for missing one meal every day.
One in seven Utah children are at risk of missing a meal, and more than 87,000 meals are needed daily to end food insecurity in Utah
Donations will benefit the statewide food assistance network, including 129 emergency food pantries, regional food banks and community partners.
Utah Food Bank can turn each $1 into $8 worth of goods and services.
For thousands of Utahns, the holiday season brings frustration and challenges to many families as they struggle to meet basic needs. There are many different ways Utahns can help this season, including:
- Donate online at http://www.utahfoodbank.org or take advantage of the partnerships the Food Bank has with local bloggers like Melea at “Freebies 2 Deals”: http://www.freebies2deals.com, Emily at “Is This Really My Life,”: http://www.isthisreallymylife.com and Stephanie at “The Daily Blarg”: http://www.thedailyblarg.com.
- Fill holiday food bags which will be delivered in newspapers statewide during the first weeks of November and December. Bags can be filled with non-perishable food items and dropped off at Riverton Motors, RC Willey and Smith’s Food & Drug throughout Utah or to local food pantries.
- Dial 2-1-1 to get connected with organizations that need volunteers.
The Food Bank wants to give high-quality, good tasting and healthy foods to those that need it.
- Low in sugar and sodium
- Items that are all natural
- Items that don’t have high fructose.
The Food Bank is most in need of:
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Macaroni & Cheese