Valley United food drive launches Nov. 5, joining students from UVU and BYU

After 2017’s successful fundraising and food-donating drive, wolverines and cougars are competing to raise even more this year. Brigham Young and Utah Valley universities have kicked off the annual Valley United drive. It runs Nov. 5-30.

DSC_0692.jpg“We’re excited to see the generosity of students and the community through the Valley United drive this year,” said Dave Smith, food bank manager for Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo. “Last year the schools raised $40,543 and donated 266,292 pounds of food, which helped keep our shelves stocked through the winter.”

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Since 2012, the two schools have worked together—and competed—to raise money and gather food donations for Utah County families in need. At the kick-off event on Oct. 26, Cosmo the

Cougar, Willy the Wolverine, and students from both schools gathered at Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo. Cosmo and Willy also met families who use the food pantry. Then they walked through with them as they selected their food for the week.

During 2017, an average of 900 families used the Provo food pantry at Community Action Services each month. People who use the pantry live in Utah County and are part of the 13.3 percent of residents who are unsure of where they’ll get their next meal. All of the money raised and food donated during the drive will stay in Utah County to help these local families in need.

During the drive, students and community members can do

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nate online through a securewebsite. At BYU, they also can give money at the Creameries, the BYU Bookstore, and the Cougareat. UVU plans to have money donation locations

as well. Both schools will have barrels and bins set up around campus for non-perishable food donations. Go here to see the list of most-needed items.

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“We’re grateful for the generosity of students and

the community,” Smith said.

All the food donated during the drive will stock the food pantry in Provo. With the money, Community Action Services and Food Bank will use its leveraging power, so monetary donations go farther. For each dollar donated, it can buy three meals or 15 pounds of food.

Since 1967, Community Action Services and Food Bank has been helping local families pull themselves out of poverty with programs and services. For more information, go to communityactionuc.org.

 

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