Salt Lake City - SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) - The Utah Food Bank's warehouse is so big because the need is so great, according to Chief Development Officer Ginette Bott.
"Through a network of 143 pantries we distribute product to all the communities and all the counties who are in need of help for an emergency food assistance program so families that are challenged with food insecurity," Bott told ABC4 Utah News. "There's about 417,000 people in our state who need help."
Last year the Utah Food Bank distributed 37 and a half million pounds of food, the equivalent of 31 million meals. To keep pace they need your help to stock the shelves during the 2016 Holiday Food & Fund Drive.
"We always ask for three things: food, time and money and that gives people really a broad variety of ways to donate," Bott said. "You can go online to www.utahfoodbank.org You can do a monetary donation. You can utilize the virtual food drive. Pick the product you want us to buy. We use your dollar, our buying power and we can buy at a much better price than you. You can donate your time and volunteer to help us. We need help throughout the entire year."
On Friday, a group of Utes grad students lended a hand by sorting canned goods.
"We're the full time MBA program from the University of Utah and we felt it was important to give back to the community that's hosting us for our education," Makenzie Hales said. "Because the Food Bank gets such an influx of donations during this time it's nice to be able to come when they need a lot of help and help them out."
You can drop off nonperishable food donations directly at the Utah Food Bank (3150 South, 900 West) or at any Smith's Food and Drug Store www.smithsfoodanddrug.com
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