Utah Food Bank "fights hunger statewide." Last year, 28,644,294 meals (34.4M lbs) were distributed through 129 emergency food pantries.
Utah Food Bank’s BackPack program partners with 36 after-school programs to bring weekends and holidays without hunger to at-risk children living in Utah.
Children who receive this service come from families living at or below the federal poverty level and are referred to the program by education professionals at their school.
The BackPack program creates and delivers nutritious food to hungry children to ensure they have enough to eat when not in school. Because so many of the children in this program prepare meals on their own, food provided is easy to open, child friendly, and in single servings.
At the beginning of the school year, children in the program receive a new back pack to use and keep. Each month, 830 packs of food are distributed to participating children to place into their backpacks and take home.
Utah Food Bank is able to achieve our mission of fighting hunger statewide by providing emergency food programs in all 29 counties across the state.