Utah Food Bank Partners with Local Groups to Fight Childhood Hunger
1 in 5 Utah children face the pain and anxiety of hunger. 17% of Summit County children and 4,450 Summit County individuals are not sure where their next meal will come from.
Summit County is not immune to the pangs and pains of hunger. The impact of childhood hunger is far reaching: lack of sufficient food can fundamentally change the neurologoical structure of the brain and central nervous system, harming a child's ability to learn. Children who face hunger are more likely to be sick and chronically absent from school, and when they attend, they are more likely to have behavioral problems.
Utah Food Bank, in partnership with The Christian Center of Park City (CCPC), brings “weekends without hunger” to at-risk children living in Park City and attending McPolin, Trailside, Parley’s Park and Jeremy Ranch Elementary Schools. The children who receive this service come from families living at or below federal poverty level and are referred to the program by an education professional at their school. Through the BackPack Program, these children receive kid-friendly, nutritional, single-serve food to eat over weekends or holiday breaks.
Each month, 970 packs are distributed through these four schools at a cost of $4.67 per pack. Utah Food Bank is able to achieve our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by offering this program and other emergency food assistance in all 29 counties in Utah.
Utah Food Bank stretches each $1 donated into $7.35 worth of goods and services, and 96 cents of each dollar goes directly to hungry Utahns. Last year alone, through gifts of food, time and money, we were able to distribute the equivalent of 31.3 million meals statewide.