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Help stamp out hunger by donating to the Utah Food Bank

Posted at 1:32 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 15:32:38-04

Ginette Bott from the Utah Food Bank explained the importance of collecting donations for Utah's hungry during the spring and summer months. On Saturday, May 14th, letter carriers will collect food to help people facing hunger this summer. Utah Food Bank asks residents across the state to help “Stamp Out Hunger” by filling any bag or box with non-perishable food items to leave next to their mailbox by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th, for pickup by their local letter carrier. Look for reminders in your mailbox during the week leading up to the food drive to encourage statewide participation.
Letter carriers will be collecting and delivering the donations to Utah Food Bank and their statewide network of 140 partner agencies. All donations will be distributed to food pantries in the community where the donation is made. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at the closest food pantry or regional food bank, Utah Food Bank’s warehouse (located at 3150 South 900 West in Salt Lake City) or any Harmons location. Donated food should be commercially packaged and non-perishable items low in sodium, sugar, and corn syrup. Most needed food items include beef stew, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals and canned meats.
For residents who prefer to support the effort financially, Utah Food Bank has set up a Virtual Food Drive, allowing users to designate the types of food they wish to donate while leveraging Utah Food Bank’s purchasing power to stretch donations even further. This can be found on Utah Food Bank’s website at