Through Saturday, Nov. 28, University of Utah alumni and students will rally the community for the “United Against Hunger” food drive to collect food and donations on behalf of the Utah Food Bank. Last year’s drive raised more than 312,000 pounds of food and $62,000 in monetary contributions. That’s the equivalent of 478,888 meals – enough to feed 109 families of four for one year.
This year’s goal is to raise enough to feed 125 families of four (500 people) for one year. About 423,000 Utahns (1 in 7) are at of risk missing a meal every day, and one in five Utah children is unsure where they will get their next meal. For 22 consecutive years, U students and alumni have been committed to improving these sobering statistics.
Although sponsored by the U Alumni Association, two student boards help make the food drive a success. Members of the Student Alumni Board and MUSS Board will be at grocery stores, in neighborhoods and also collecting outside the gates of Rice-Eccles Stadium before the UCLA vs. Utah football game on Saturday, Nov. 21.
“We work tirelessly and very enthusiastically at all of these venues in order to make our university and our community a better place,” said Mary Neville, SAB president. “We could not do it without the generosity of our alumni and the community, and we feel blessed to have the chance to work with all of them to make positive change.”
Monetary donations can be made online at alumni.utah.edu/fooddrive or by mailing a check payable to the Utah Food Bank to: University of Utah Food Drive, University of Utah Alumni Association, 155 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Nonperishable food donations can be brought to the Alumni House (155 S. Central Campus Drive) or the Utah Food Bank (3150 S. 900 West). Please indicate that the donation is part of the University of Utah food drive.