MARCH 13, 2024 — Utah residents, including many Bank of Utah customers, stepped up in a big way for the 2024 Scouting for Food drive, setting record numbers by collecting over 136,000 pounds of food. This year's total surpasses last year's by a substantial 38,000 pounds, providing crucial support to Utah families facing hunger.

Garrett and Howard Schmidt
Bank of Utah's Provo Branch overflows with generosity! Thanks to the community for supporting Scouting for Food and helping families in need.

The drive, held from Feb. 12-29, saw widespread participation due to the convenient drop-off locations at Bank of Utah branches, Arctic Circle restaurants, Smith's grocery stores, Red Hanger Cleaners, and Young Automotive and Powersports dealerships, making it accessible for Utahns statewide. Utah Boy Scouts played a pivotal role in collecting and delivering the donated food to over 20 food banks.

This record-breaking drive comes at a critical time. With rising inflation putting a strain on household budgets, local food banks are facing increased demand and are in dire need to stock their shelves. The collected food will make a substantial difference in the lives of countless families struggling to put food on the table.

"We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Utahns who participated in this vital cause," said Bank of Utah President Branden P Hansen. "Our partnership with these dedicated organizations and the unwavering support of our communities are essential in the ongoing fight against hunger."

In the United States, 1 in 5 children experience hunger daily. In the 38th year of Scouting for Food, Bank of Utah is happy to help this important effort. Through the combined efforts of partners and the generosity of individuals and families across the state, donations of non-perishable food items such as chili, soups, canned meats, fruits, vegetables, boxed meals and peanut butter have made a significant impact on those in need.