City Holiday Donation Drive Underway!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2012
Contact: Savannah Wake
City Kicks Off Annual Holiday Donation Drive
Collections benefit local charitable groups
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker's Office and YouthCity kicks off their annual food and warm clothing collection drive on Thursday, Dec. 12 with donations being accepted through Jan. 18.
The community is invited to join Salt Lake City employees, friends and family in helping to ensure that no one in Utah has to go to bed hungry or is without a warm coat this winter. There are several easy ways to donate:
· Online donations for the Utah Food Bank are accepted at https://www.utahfoodbank.org/virtual-food?Team=2325. Every $1 donated to the Utah Food Bank is turned into $8 worth of goods and services. A $1 donation buys over four pounds of the most needed food items at a greatly discounted price.
· Food and warm clothing items can be dropped off at most City buildings and facilities through January 18.
· Two collection events will be held for community members who wish to drive up and drop off donations. Located on the east side of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street, on Monday, December 17, 4–5:30 p.m. and Friday, January 11, 2–3:30 p.m.
All donations will benefit the Utah Food Bank and Catholic Community Services. The Food Bank assists some 475,000 Utahns that are at risk of missing at least one meal each day. Catholic Community Services helps to provide warm clothing for those in need, including refugees who may be experiencing their first Utah winter. Most needed items include nonperishable food like peanut butter, canned tuna, fruit, and veggies, boxed meals and pasta and new or gently used clothing items such as coats and sweaters, hats and scarves, and gloves and socks.
Donations will be delivered as part of the City's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project at the Utah Food Bank on January 21.