Organizers Hope to Collect a "Mile of Food" in Salt Lake City Today
SALT LAKE CITY - As part of Hunger Action Month in September, Utah Food Bank organizers are hoping to collect a mile of food on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Ginette Bott, chief development officer at the Utah Food Bank, is coordinating the annual Beat Hunger by a Mile event.
"We kick off the morning with help from the governor, who starts the morning with the first donation of food," says Bott. "The Utah Jazz Bear will be appearing, and we have characters coming from Comic-Con. The lieutenant governor will be helping us at the end of the day when we reach the Capitol."
The event begins at 7 am at the City and County Building at 451 South State Street, and ends at the Utah State Capitol Steps. Bott says it will take about 12,000 non-perishable food donations to complete the mile.
Despite the economy improving, and even thriving in some sectors, Bott says thousands of Utahans still struggle to get enough food to eat.
"One in five Utah kids don't know where their next meal might be coming from," she says. "That's due to a lack of resources. Anytime we talk about one in five children being hungry, I find that to be a really frightening and a really disappointing statistic."
Bott says during its last fiscal year, the Utah Food Bank provided more than 36 million pounds of food to its statewide network of 130 emergency food pantries and agencies. The food provided the equivalent of 28 million meals.