Utah Food Bank: Giving Life
By Rosario Flores
As the holidays approach, families gather to celebrate another year. The holidays are usually a great reminder of how blessed and grateful we are for the things we have. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.
Many people all over the world don’t have a home to gather in, or enough food to make a meal. There are many families in Utah that cannot afford to feed their children. Fortunately, Utah Food Bank aids those in need, giving them an opportunity to thrive—not only during the holidays, but year-round. Last year they donated over 31 million meals statewide and, with their partners, helped 29 countries worldwide. Being the only food bank in Utah, the Food Bank has become part of one of the nation’s hunger relief organizations.
In addition to food donations, Utah Food Bank runs several other programs; one such program gives kids backpacks full of food to enjoy during the weekend. Through these programs, people in Utah are receiving the help they need—and there is a real need. 1 out of 7 people in Utah are missing meals due to poverty. 1 out of 6 seniors are facing hunger, as well. Through the food bank, these seniors are provided with a week’s worth of food, delivered to them by volunteers. Most times, these are the only visits seniors get. This one small act of kindness makes all the difference!
About 60% of the time, these people who are in need have to decide between paying for housing or food. In many cases, they don’t even have that choice. This is why organizations like Utah Food Bank are vital to our communities. But we can’t just leave it up to them. We can all do something to contribute. You can donate food. You can give money. Most importantly, you can give your time— the most valuable donation of all. You have such a huge impact on another persons life—not to mention your own.
Organizations like Utah Food Bank help us understand the importance of uniting, as a human family, to help one another do better—become better, together, through our actions. So when you think you don’t have enough, realize that there are people who are struggling to get by, and are more than willing to receive help. It is time to be grateful for what we do have, and give to those who don’t.
As our favorite holidays approach and the days get colder, let’s aim to make another person’s home warmer with food and love. Remember, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)
For further information about volunteering or donating, you can visit utahfoodbank.org or contact us at (435) 656-9122.
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