The Utah Food Bank celebrates 20 years of donating to seniors on MLK Day

Jan 15, 2024, 6:54 PM

The Utah Food Bank with volunteers on MLK Day....

The Utah Food Bank with volunteers on MLK Day. (KSL TV)


SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of Salt Lake City employees and Youth City Government members spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day giving back at the Utah Food Bank.

The Utah Food Bank had its 20th successful year full of sorting and distributing food bags to seniors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

“This morning, we will remember Dr. Martin Luther King, a gentleman who has set a pace for us, who has created opportunities for us that we would not have had he not been determined to make life better for himself and those around him and that’s the goal that I would give you today as your challenge,” said Ginette Bott, President and CEO Utah Food Bank.

According to the food bank, over 310,000 people are struggling with food insecurities every day in Utah, and 1 in 10 of them are children.

“This year, Youth City Government is thrilled to announce that we have raised more than our initial goal for our fundraiser and have increased our goal to continue raising funds this year,” said Laynee Ha, a Youth City Government member.

The Youth City Government said it not only wanted to remember Dr. King’s legacy but to live up to it every day.

“Being here today with the Utah Food Bank isn’t just about providing meals; it’s a reflection of Dr. King’s action; he envisioned a world where communities are united to support and uplift each other, a world where compassion leads to action,” said a Youth City Government member.

Youth City Government members say the actions by volunteers will help feed Utahns in need throughout the state.

“Gathering like this once a year isn’t a triumph in itself; instead, let’s confront the discomfort of sustained action and accountability; we should know that our small acts of kindness should evolve into disruptive challenges, the true building blocks of a more compassionate and just society,” the Youth City Government member said.

According to the Utah Food Bank, the demand and requests continue to rise throughout the state. You can go to the food bank’s website if you wish to give or want to support the organization.

KSL 5 TV Live

Events & Holidays

Skier being towed behind a horse...

Brianna Chavez

Visit Salt Lake brings Skijoring to downtown Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake Winter Roundup is coming to Salt Lake, with Skijoring as the main event.

21 days ago

Shoppers outside a Costco store in New York, in May 2023. (Bing Guan, Bloomberg/Getty Images)...

Ramishah Maruf, CNN

What’s open and closed on MLK Day 2024

A list of what will be open and what will be closed on Jan. 15, 2024, MLK Day.

2 months ago

(FILE) A Lyft driver waiting for their passenger. (KSL TV)...

Emma Benson

Officials remind you to celebrate responsibly this New Year’s Eve

The countdown to 2024 is on, and law enforcement is reminding Utahns to celebrate responsibly this weekend.

2 months ago

Courtesy: Best Friends Animal Shelter...

Michael Houck

Adoptable dogs pick gifts from ‘Santa Sleigh’ at Best Friends Animal Society’s Sanctuary

Some very good boys and girls were visited by Santa's elves to encourage the adoption of shelter animals for the holidays.

2 months ago

Travelers mill about the main terminal after passing through the security checkpoint at Salt Lake C...

Carter Williams,

Busy 2023 travel year projected to end on near-record bang this Christmas, New Year’s

Travel within Utah and the U.S. rebounded to as close as ever to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels this year, and that's also how the year is forecast to end with the Christmas and New Year's rush.

2 months ago

(KSL TV)...

Karah Brackin

Holiday travel begins at Salt Lake City Int. Airport

On one of the busiest travel days of the year, 30,000 people are expected in and out of the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday. 

2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

The Utah Food Bank celebrates 20 years of donating to seniors on MLK Day