State Wide Food Drive

Just recently, Utah chose to do a statewide food drive. The reason behind this is because the COVID- 19 pandemic has made it harder for people to work and pay for food for their families. This is the first time ever that Utah has chosen to do a statewide food drive. From Deseret News, “In 2019, according to the Food Bank, 370,000 Utahns faced hunger. That number, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shot up to 511,000 in 2020.” There are several Utahns facing hunger and the state is trying to fix it. This event was supposed to take place last year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it got shut down. From 2KUTV news, “This event was supposed to take place last year and got canceled last-minute due to the pandemic. Food bank officials say they’ve seen a scary increase of 165,000 more people in need of the extra help throughout the past year.” The numbers increased greatly after a year and only are going to continuously grow throughout this pandemic. From, “The Utah Food Bank estimated Utahns donated more than 1 million pounds of food over the weekend. Thousands of volunteers all across Utah gathered food from the doorstops of residents on Saturday.”