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More Utahns need help this Thanksgiving; here are 3 ways you can pitch in

Posted at 2:19 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 16:19:31-05

Despite how hard this year has been, many of us can count on the basics: Three meals a day; a job that pays the bills; a warm bed at night. But Pastor Joe Vazquez with the Salt Lake City Mission says the men, women, children, and families who know what it’s like to be devastated by homelessness and poverty – and now, the effects of the pandemic – don’t have that kind of certainty.

In fact, Pastor Joe said with their Scare Away Hunger event last month (Oct. 2020), they provided and gave away 7,000 more boxes than this time last year.

That’s why your help is more needed than ever; in supporting Salt Lake City Mission in providing vital food relief to countless of our friends and neighbors right here in Utah. During the month of November, be a part of the Great Thanksgiving Banquet food relief effort, which provides food boxes and hot meals to those in need.

"And the food you and I provide will mean so much more because it will come from hearts that really care for others, as we all are finding the current days we live in quite a struggle," Pastor Joe said. "We are giving more than just a meal. We are sharing the light of God’s love and hope as we feed those who need food the most."

The banquet happens on Thanksgiving, which is Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, and will provide takeout meals and food boxes to those who come to the Mission. To be able to do this, the Mission needs your help!

If you'd like to give food, here are the most-wanted items: Turkeys, mashed potatoes, yams, canned veggies, dinner rolls, pumpkin pies, gravy packets, stuffing (in box), and truly any non-perishable food items.

Donations of warm clothing are also greatly needed.

Just remember: The Mission can stretch your dollar further (they often buy at a discount, or in bulk) so consider a financial donation.

SLC Mission also invites you to host your own food drive, or come volunteer. Find out more about both of those, as well as where to drop off donations, visit