Did you know that there are hungry children in Utah?

According to the Utah Food Bank more than 600 children in Utah rely on their The BackPack Program. The program  is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.

The Utah Food Bank provides packages of nutritious, nonperishable foods to many Utah schools. A designated school employee loads packs of food into children’s backpacks at the end of every week. Among some of the items those packs contain are milk, tuna, peanut butter, beef stew, vegetables and fruit.  These items are designed so that the children can prepare the food themselves and are sharable for younger siblings.

Last year, 17,864 backpacks were filled with meals for hungry Utah children. Without those meals, hundreds of children would have faced weekends where they might not have had enough to eat until the next Monday’s school breakfast! And the needs continue to be greater each year.

The Utah Food Bank is able to leverage its donations to provide $7 of food for every $1 donation.  The Utah Food Bank BackPack Program only costs $4 to provide a student with food for one weekend. A gift of $16 will provide enough food for a student for 4 weekends. A gift of $48 will provide food for a student for 12 weekends. And a really generous gift of $144 will make sure that a child won’t have to worry about how they are going to be fed on the weekends for the entire school year! Please click here to give today.

Recently Valley Emergency Communications Center with the help of Utah-NENA.org was able to donate more than $2800 to the Utah Food Bank BackPack Program.