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Jones Waldo Challenges Salt Lake City Law Firms in Utah Food Bank Food Drive

11/07/2011

Jones Waldo has once again challenged other Salt Lake City law firms along with its own staff to participate in donating food to the Utah Food Bank. In 2010, Jones Waldo challenged Parsons Behle, a competing Salt Lake City law firm, to a food drive showdown. Collectively the two firms raised nearly $10,000 in food and monetary donations. 

The official drive will begin on November 9, 2011, and go through the end of December. 

Holiday Food Drive Facts

  • Holiday Food Drive Goal to raise 2 million pounds and $2 million statewide.
  • About 400,000 persons in Utah are at risk of missing a meal every day.
  • For every $1 donated, Utah Food Bank provides $7 of food and services to Utah families statewide.
  • Last year, UFB distributed 33.3 million pounds of food to more than 154 emergency food pantries and agencies throughout the state.
  • 222,837 meals served at Kids Cafe sites.  Kids Cafe program provides hot, nutritious meals to low income children.
  • 47,879 senior food boxes delivered.  Food boxes contain about a week’s worth of food to low income seniors.
  • The requests for emergency food assistance have increased approximately 40%. Donations have increased slightly because of our generous community, but a significant gap does still exist.
  • If someone needs help with health or human services, please have them call 2-1-1 Information and Referral. There they will be connected with a Call Specialist who can assess their needs and refer them to organizations that will help meet those particular needs.
  • Utah is ranked 4th in the nation for the highest rate of food insecurity. (US. Department of Agriculture, Household Food Security in the United States, 2009).
  • 1 in 10 Utahns and 1 in 8 Utah children lives in poverty. A family of four living in poverty makes just over $22,050 a year to cover health care expenses, shelter, food and other household expenses (U.S. Census Bureau: Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2009). 
  • 1 in 7 Utah children under the age of 18 is at risk of hunger. 1 in 6 young Utah children under the age of 5 is at risk of hunger (Child Food Insecurity in the United States, 2005 - 2007).

Visit www.UtahFoodBank.org to learn how to donate FOOD, TIME or MONEY.