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Utah governor kicks off first annual statewide food drive

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Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah Food Bank leaders are kicking off a massive statewide food drive. (Photo: KUTV)

Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah Food Bank leaders are kicking off a massive statewide food drive.

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They’re calling on all Utahns near and far to help feed the hundreds of thousands suffering from hunger in the state right now. The governor even declared donation day, March 20, as "Feed Utah Day."

Volunteers with the food bank are already passing out fliers to get the word out, asking for donations this Saturday. The "Feed Utah Food Drive" is led by the Utah Food Bank and Cox. They've partnered with organizations, including faith groups like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Come 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, youth and volunteers will go around neighborhoods collecting bags of non-perishable foods left on porches. Those donations will then be taken to the Utah Food Bank and its partnering agencies.

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The food will be given to 511,000 Utahns in need. Many are facing the harsh reality of not knowing where their next meal is coming from for the first time.

We need your help now more than ever. This is an opportunity for Utahns to step up and show once again that we really do care for each other, that we care about our neighbors. It's also the best of Utah when the non-profit sector can come together with the faith-based sector, the private sector, and of course government, to benefit the lives of so many,” Cox said.

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.

Leaders are convinced there's no better place or community than Utah to respond to this urgent call. They say service is embedded in the culture.

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