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Hugger Mugger was established in 1986 to help people in their practice of Yoga. Thirty years later, we still believe in that same philosophy of helping people. Throughout the years, we have donated our time and products to a number of different charities. We donate a percentage of all online sales to a different organization each quarter. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Utah Food Bank Fills in the Gaps
In 2014, USA Today reported that 46 million Americans—one in seven—relied on food banks or meal services to provide for or supplement their nutritional needs. In Utah, 423,000 people—one in seven overall, and one in five children—live with the daily threat of hunger. Last year the Utah Food Bank, founded in 1904, distributed 37.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 31 million meals to individuals and families throughout the state.
Housed in an 86,000-square-foot warehouse stacked floor to ceiling, the food bank’s Salt Lake City distribution center actually has no pantry. Rather, it distributes food and supplies to 140 partner organizations around the state, including a Southern Utah distribution center in St. George.
It’s difficult to imagine the immense scope of the good this organization does every day. Even when you stand inside the ginormous building and contemplate the stacks, it’s hard to grasp. Here’s another mind-boggling statistic: The food bank fills and empties its warehouse 17 times each year.
Feeding Hungry Kids and Seniors
The Utah Food Bank sponsors several major programs targeted to specific statewide needs:
- • Kids’ Café: The food bank’s Chef Randy and his three assistants make 1,800 meals each weekday and transports them to 42 after-school sites. Last year the food bank provided almost 283,000 meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry.
- • Kids’ Backpacks: Each Friday during the school year, participating children receive a backpack containing easy-to-prepare, child-friendly food to help sustain them through the weekend. Among some of the items those packs contain are shelf-stable milk, tuna, peanut butter, Easy Mac, vegetables and fruit. Thanks to the generous support of ProBar, Utah Food Bank is also able to offer nutritious meal replacement bars as well. Last year, Utah Food Bank filled over 63,000 backpacks with meals for hungry Utah children at 35 sites around the state.
- • Food Boxes: This program provides seven to nine days worth of food to seniors, disabled persons and people who live alone and either have no access to transportation or no relatives who can take them to their local food pantry. They receive a variety of perishables—veggies, fruits, dairy products, and canned and packaged foods. Last year Utah Food Bank distributed 40,000 food boxes.
- • Mobile Pantries: Last year, the Utah Food Bank served more than 224,000 individuals through their Mobile Pantry program. Mobile pantries provide additional support to individuals facing hunger with staples, including as much fresh food as possible, in communities that are underserved by traditional brick-and-mortar pantries. Mobile pantries also bring fresh food to areas where clients lack sufficient transportation to access the nearest food pantry.
It Takes a Village
The food bank’s headquarters employs 90 full-time associates. In addition, 57,000 volunteers donate time to fill in the gaps. Volunteers perform whatever needs to be done at a given moment, including sorting food, performing clerical work, delivering food boxes and cleaning the warehouse.
Volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are as young as five years of age. In the Food Box program, the same volunteer delivers the box to the same house each month. For some recipients, these volunteers may be their only visitors. “It’s more than just a food box for the recipients and the volunteers that deliver the boxes,” says Utah Food Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ginette Bott. She told me the story of a family who delivered a box to a senior every month for nine years. When the recipient passed, the family paid the funeral expenses. “The relationships that form are phenomenal,” she says.
How You Can Help
The food bank accepts donations in the form of food, money and time. You can donate and sign up for volunteer shifts online. Shifts are 90 minutes and run 9:30 am to noon Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, and 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday. You can find more information here.
From now through the end of March, a percentage of your Hugger Mugger purchases will go to support the Utah Food Bank.