Zions Bank today announced that it has exceeded its goal of donating 1 million meals to food banks in Utah and Idaho since 2003 with support from the community and employees in both states.
“Let’s Reach a Million Meals” was the theme of the bank’s 10th annual food drive, which ran Sept. 9-27 in conjunction with Hunger Awareness Month.
This year’s food drive brought in 205,514 meals for the Utah and Idaho food banks, bringing the total amount raised to 1,033,096 million meals over the 10-year period. The bank generated more than $60,000 in cash donations as well as almost 3,000 pounds of nonperishable items.
As part of its 140th birthday celebration, Zions Bank offered to match donations from the community dollar for dollar, up to $140,000. The matching amount totaled $7,391.
“We would like to thank our employees, clients and members of the community who donated cash or nonperishable items to help support Utah and Idaho families,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “We know that many of our neighbors struggle with food insecurity, and we understand the important role that our local food banks play in supporting families,”
One in six Utahns are at risk of missing at least one meal per day, and one in five children are unsure where their next meal is coming from, according to the Utah Food Bank.