May 31, 2020
Salt Lake County makes $750,000 donation to Utah Food Bank to relieve food insecurity amid COVID-19
Jordan Carroll -
SALT LAKE CITY – As Utah Food Bank works tirelessly to help families and individuals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake County approved a donation of $750,000 in aid to assist Utah Food Bank in those efforts.
The funds obtained by Salt Lake County through the CARES Act will allow Utah Food Bank to provide 3.3 million pounds of food to residents of Salt Lake County – supplying 2,912,000 meals.
“As we’ve worked with residents and our community partners these past eight weeks during the pandemic, we saw this great need requiring our response,” Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said. “No family should go hungry as we work together to remain safe during this public health crisis. To that end, we’re anxious to further our great partnership with Utah Food Bank.”
The pandemic has created new challenges for residents facing food insecurity; according to Utah Food Bank, some sites’ needs have increased two to three times across Utah while individual and retail food donations have decreased.
“We are so thankful for the strong leadership that Salt Lake County has shown during this crisis, and thank Mayor Wilson, the County Council, and all of their staff for the work they are doing to manage this challenge,” Ginette Bott, President and CEO of Utah Food Bank, said.
Utah Food Bank has increased its distributions through its Mobile Pantry program, which allows it to adapt to residents’ changing needs. This was the case at its special one-time distribution at the Maverik Center on April 24, which served over 29,000 individuals in one day.
As part of the $750,000 contribution from Salt Lake County, gloves, masks and other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will also be included for the safety of Utah Food Bank’s 125 staff working on the front lines.
“This virus has touched us all in so many different ways and helping folks get through this trying time can only be done through collaboration and partnerships,” Bott emphasized.
Salt Lake County residents that are in need of assistance, or know an individual who is struggling, should visit https://www.utahfoodbank.org/get-help/ to locate resources in your local community. Residents can also call 2-1-1 if they need a referral of where to go. Personal donations to further aid Utah Food Bank’s can be made online by visiting https://bit.ly/2zs3ffa.