Senator Lee, along with the Utah Food Industry Association, Associated Food Stores, Zions Bank, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted the Sixth Annual Flavors of Utah, his annual Pioneer Day event. While the event is usually hosted in Washington to highlight Utah food producers, in 2020 and 2021 the event has been held in Utah highlighting specific examples of community service. This year, Senator Lee honored the My Hometown Initiative in West Valley City by distributing bags of products from Utah’s food industry.
Sen. Lee said in part, “Flavors of Utah, when we hold it in Washington, is the largest Pioneer Day celebration east of the Mississippi.” He continued, “Utah’s most impressive accolade is that it is one of the best connected communities in the nation.” … “We need each other. We need access to each other, first and foremost, in order to thrive. We do that really well in Utah, and that is why in Utah we consistently have one of the highest rates of upward economic mobility. This is a place where you can be born into poverty or move here with nothing and have a greater chance of achieving the American dream than any other place in America. Connecting people to people and communities to communities is, in fact, the Utah Way. It’s why this all works so well. Utah truly is a great place with a spirit truly worth celebrating.”
Also making remarks were remarks Dave Davis of the Utah Food Industry Association, Dale Stephens of Zions Bank, Robert Obray of Associated Food Stores, Craig Christensen of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Isapela Freeman of the My Hometown Initiative.