SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Food Bank provides millions of meals to Utahns across the state, and officials said they want to be sure people know where to donate food to fight hunger in Utah.
The Utah Food Bank distributes food to 135 pantries across the state where those who are in need can go for help, and the process can begin at the food bank’s main warehouse.
Ginette Bott, chief marketing officer for the Utah Food Bank, said their warehouse at 3150 South 900 West in Salt Lake City even has a drive-thru for donations.
“You can come any time during business hours, and our business hours start at 5:00 in the morning, and we're here until 9:00 at night,” she said. “We usually start stacking around 8 a.m., but any time, day or night, people can assist you with your donation.”
Bott said there are certain things they can always use at the food bank.
“You'll always hear me ask for three things,” Bott said. “Food, time, and money. We figure those three things, they'll help keep us going.”
Alex Montoya is one Utahn who visited the warehouse.
“Just bringing down a bunch of canned goods we had stored away, so I come down here and donate,” he said. “If we can give, we give.”
Donations, like those from Montoya, will get sorted and distributed, and they could end up just about anywhere in the state.
Bott said it can be hard to know when hunger will touch a family, but she said if it does, they are there to help.
“We're there for life changing events,” Bott said. “If there's a death or a divorce, or you lose your job and you need help to just get from one pay check to the next: The pantries are what's available for you.”
Cyprus Credit Union is accepting donations of food and cash at all of their branches on behalf of the Utah Food Bank. Click here for more information.