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COVID-19 brought unprecedented challenges to the lives of Utahns. With more children staying at home and countless adults out of work, many faced the pangs of hunger for the first time.
To meet the increased demand, the Utah Food Bank expanded its Mobile Pantry program, which also increased transportation costs. With the added financial strain, they estimate that it will take 12–18 months for operations to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Thankfully, the food bank received some much-needed help in the form of a generous donation from a local homebuilder.
EDGEhomes reached out to the food bank, hoping to give back to the community and help those facing difficulties due to the pandemic. With more Utahns facing hunger than in recent years, they saw a need and wanted to do what they could to meet it.
Despite the difficulties of an unprecedented year, EDGEhomes rallied together with trade partners, vendors, and associates to raise $200,000 for the food bank.
After making the donation, they invited others in the community to participate in the fight against hunger and donate funds to the food bank's virtual food drive. All donations would be matched up to $200,000.
Recently, the food bank announced that the donation had been matched -- and then some. The grand total of the matched amount came to $200,700.
According to the food bank, the funds from the EDGEhomes donation will provide 778,987 meals. However, with the match to their donation, that comes out to over 1.5 million meals. As 511,000 Utahns face hunger, this will help feed 378 families of four for a full year.
The food bank notes that none of this would have been possible without the community coming together to help others.
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EDGEhomes continues to seek out organizations every year to give back to the communities that have given so much to them. The Utah Food Bank serves families in the community and family is a core emphasis of EDGEhomes.
While EDGEhomes may have hit their donation goal, the work of feeding the hungry goes on. The Utah Food Bank reports that one in six Utahns are at risk of missing a meal each day. What's more, one in five children don't know where their next meal will come from.
Now more than ever, it's important for Utahns to step up and help those in need -- in any way they can. With 48% of funds coming from generous individuals in the community, every donation makes a difference.
Right now, the best way to help is to make a donation online. As mobile distributions expand, the food bank's top priority is financial support to offset higher transportation costs. Since a $1 donation equals $8.03 worth of goods and services, even a small contribution can help.
Whether you give of your food, your money, or your time, you can help ensure that no Utahn goes to bed hungry.
To make a donation, or to learn how you can help in other ways, visit the Utah Food Bank website today.