Salt Lake Community Action Program’s annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive runs through January 15, 2016 and will help stock the shelves all year long.
Once again, Utah Food Bank and Salt Lake CAP are working to reduce waste by not distributing donation bags. Instead, Utah Food Bank and Salt Lake CAP are asking donors to bring non-perishables in their own bags directly to local area food pantries. Donations can also be taken to any Smith’s Food & Drug, RC Willey, or Riverton Motors location.
Businesses, organizations, and individuals can support Salt Lake CAP in a multitude of ways, whether it’s by supporting one of these food and fund drives or establishing their own. Organizing a food and fund drive on your own is easy and Salt Lake CAP encourages you to get creative in how you choose to mobilize and suggests ideas such as requesting that holiday party guests bring a can of food as “admission,” organizing neighborhood food drives in lieu of giving neighbor gifts, or even simply buying extra food to donate as you grocery shop for your holiday dinners.
“Hunger is such a critical need for our community to address,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank Chief Development Officer. “One of every five kids in Utah risk missing a meal today due to lack of resources. We work to make sure Utahns get enough to eat, and if we can be more eco-friendly while fulfilling our mission, then that is even better.”
“This time of year is one of hope and joy for so many people, but it can also be a tremendous strain for those who don’t have enough to eat,” said Hayden Seeley, Salt Lake CAP Director of Food Services. “The donations we receive through the Holiday Food & Fund Drive will help residents in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties and across the state well into 2016.”
If you or someone you know is seeking food assistance, please locate the nearest Salt Lake CAP food pantry by going to www.slcap.org/slcap-food-