Thursday, August 28, 2014

SLCC staff serve up pasta at the Utah Food Bank

How will you use your community engagement leave time?

As part of the Government and Community Relations 2014 retreat, we decided to use community engagement leave time and volunteer as a division at the Utah Food Bank. Led by Vice President of Government and Community Relations Tim Sheehan, we donned hairnets and plastic gloves to package pasta for distribution.

While we were there, we were struck by the enormity of what the Food Bank does. Each day, one in six Utahns are at risk of missing a meal. In 2013, the Utah Food Bank worked to ease hunger by distributing more than 36 million pounds of food, the equivalent of approximately 28 million meals, to people across the state. To do this, the food bank relies on ninety staff and some 57,000 volunteers.

This is a great time for you and your division to get involved in our community! September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America, the Utah Food Bank, and a nationwide network of food banks unite to urge individuals to take action in their communities. We challenge all full time staff to use their community engagement leave time to volunteer at the Utah Food Bank or with other SLCC partner organizations (you can find a list here). Follow this link to learn about ways you can participate in Hunger Action Month or this link to volunteer at the Food Bank.

If you already used community engagement leave to volunteer with SLCC partners, we encourage you to leave a comment or submit a blog about your experience!