Friday, December 10, 2010

Fact Friday - Utah Food Bank

Did you know that 1 in 10 Utahns, and 1 in 8 Utah children lives in poverty? Did you know that Utah has the fourth highest rate of food insecurity in the nation? Approximately 350,000 Utahns miss at least one meal a day. Did you know that over 134,000 Utahns receive food stamps and about 63,000 eat dinner at a soup kitchen? Did you know that 1 in 7 Utah children is at risk of hunger and nearly 40% must receive free or reduced price school lunch?

These numbers are astounding and even moreso during the holiday season! In this economy, so many people are so thankful for resources, such as the Utah Food Bank, to help them keep food on the table for their families. The Utah Food Bank was started in 1904, and since 1977, it has been the main collector and distributor of food in Utah. The Food Bank has so many different options for people who wish to donate, year round.

The doctors and staff of Willow Creek Pediatrics have decided to do their part and start up a collection during the holiday season to donate to the Utah Food Bank! These donations are needed now more than ever! We will take all the help we can get! If you are interested in making a donation, look for the collection box in the office through the remainder of the holiday season. So many people rely on this service, so let's all do our part!

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