Apr 10, 2013 8:00 AM

Author: University of Utah Health Sciences Office of Public Affairs

At a luncheon on April, 10, 2013, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics CEO David Entwistle presented a check to the Utah Food Bank along with several hospital staff members who put a monumental effort into collecting, organizing and delivering food and monetary donations during the holiday food drive.

The combined total of 233,652 pounds of food (in the form of food donations, cash donations, and volunteer time) went well beyond the goal of 150,000 pounds. In total, staff contributed enough food for 113,274 meals, or enough to feed 26 families of four for a year.

Entwistle highlighted some of the factors that helped exceed the goal:

  • Innovative donation methods like the hospital valets, who don’t except tips, but instead encouraged drivers to contribute the offerings to the food bank and raised $1,500
  • Competitions between departments such as pharmacy and ITS that generated much good-natured rivalry
  • Great participation in volunteer nights: volunteers logged over 450 hours of time
    $12,000 in online donations, up nearly $4,000 from last year
  • More than 12,000 pounds of actual food donated
  • Many departments had 100% participation and some had donation-matching programs sponsored by leaders and medical directors

After the check presentation, Utah Food Bank CMO Ginette Bott gave an emotional thanks to University of Utah Health staff. “We sincerely appreciate the partnership, creativity and dedication,” she said. “This organization truly understands the depth and the value of our efforts.”

Bott also stressed the need for help during the summer months when donations tend to drop off compared to the holiday season. She noted that money and food donations are always welcome but with 57,000 volunteer shifts that need to be filled throughout the year, the food bank is also looking for those willing to donate their time.

For more information visit: https://www.utahfoodbank.org/.

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