by participating in the Thanksgiving’s Heroes initiative to feed 2,500 families in Utah. Thanksgiving’s Heroes is a national nonprofit with a simple mission—rally troops of volunteers to feed thousands of families in need a Thanksgiving meal.
Did you know that 37 million people in the United States live in a food insecure home? In other words, they live in a household that doesn’t have enough food for each family member to lead a healthy life.
Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities, people struggle with hunger in every county in Utah. Those struggling with hunger could be our neighbor, our child’s classmate, or even someone that you work with. Hunger can often be hard to recognize.
With the added economic stressors of COVID-19, more people than ever are experiencing food insecurities. In Utah, there are now over 511,000 people facing food insecurity, including 1 in 5 children. Approximately 32% of children in the state are enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs at school. This means that many of those children will go without food over the Thanksgiving Holiday break.