Make a difference in the Salt Lake community by volunteering to help feed people in need. You can be a part of a special multi-part program that demonstrates the complete cycle of helping the hungry. It all starts with a food donation drive by Visit Salt Lake and SMG/Salt Palace Convention Center employees in advance of your convention. The donated food will be delivered to the Utah Food Bank Distribution Center by your volunteers. That food, along with other donated products, will be sorted and organized by volunteers for shipment to various service providers across the state. One of the service providers is The Good Samaritan Program. Here, volunteers will use donated food to make up to 500 brown bag lunches.
Saturday, August 13
The Good Samaritan Program Volunteering
Limit: 40 volunteers
Volunteers will spend the afternoon creating the brown bag lunches that are offered free-of-charge to the city’s homeless, hungry and needy by the Catholic-run Good Samaritan Program. Located near the Cathedral of the Madeleine, this facility has been serving the needy since 1984. This facility makes and serves nearly 500 brown bag lunches every day of the year and hands them out at a walk-up window. Volunteers will help make sandwiches, portion out servings and build the sack lunches. Half of the group will be at the Good Samaritan Program and half at the church kitchen. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to tour the historic Cathedral of the Madeleine.
Tuesday, August 16
Utah Food Bank Delivery and Sorting
This is a special opportunity to deliver and then sort various non-perishable food items at the Utah Food Bank Distribution Center. Volunteers will be shuttled a short distance to the facility where they will empty large collection containers, sort the food by type or re-package it into containers for delivery to any of the hundreds of service providers across the state.
The Good Samaritan Program
The Good Samaritan Program has been helping the poor and underserved people of the Salt Lake City community since 1984. The Good Samaritan Program, located near downtown, is open 365 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to provide sack lunches, referrals, clothing, and toiletries at no cost. The program functions under the Rector of the Cathedral of the Madeleine and is supported by donations and volunteers who staff the program’s services. The program has been a vital source of nourishment and stability for those in need.
The Utah Food Bank
For over 110 years, the Utah Food Bank has been fighting hunger statewide. One in seven residents is at risk of missing a meal on a daily basis, and one in five children in Utah is uncertain where his or her next meal is coming from. Last year, the Utah Food Bank distributed, through a network of partner agencies, over 37.5 million pounds of food — the equivalent of over 31 million meals — to people facing hunger across the state. In addition to running the distribution center, it offers special programs, including the Kids’ Café, the BackPack Program, Food Box Program for seniors and people with disabilities, and Mobile Pantries. As the only member in our state of Feeding America’s nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, they are pound to be a part of the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
NOTE: The Classic, Salt Lake Area Adventure Tours, Community Connections, ASAE Foundation's Golf/Tennis, and the 5K Fun Run/Walk are fundraising activities to support the Utah Food Bank, because of this, we are unable to refund tickets. However, these tickets are fully transferrable.