Utah Child Hunger Donation Campaign
Mercedes-Benz of Draper along with more than 20 Larry H. Miller dealerships from Riverdale to Provo are partnering with Utah Food Bank during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month, to help fight child hunger. As children head back to school, Mercedes-Benz of Draper will collect food items for Utah Food Bank’s BackPack Program, which ensures that children have food to help sustain them during the weekend. While 177,000 students in the state participate in free or reduced-price meal programs during the school week, they often don’t know where their food will come from during the weekend.
“One in five Utah children don’t know where their next meal will come from. That’s a startling statistic, and we’re determined to do our part to help address this great need in our community,” said Dean Fitzpatrick, president, Larry H. Miller Dealerships.
Utahns may drop off essential food items at Mercedes-Benz of Draper located off Exit 273 at 530 South Lindon Park Drive Lindon, UT 84042 throughout the month of September, or they may make an online donation at Utahfoodbank.org. The following list of items are needed for the BackPack Program: shelf-stable milk (8 oz.), peanut butter, fruit cups, granola bars, boxed juice, fruit snacks, apple sauce, instant oatmeal packs, crackers, sunflower seeds, raisins, instant breakfast and trail or granola mixes.
“For a donation of just $4.11, Utah Food Bank can provide a child with a backpack of food to help sustain them during weekends when they lack access to school meals,” said Ginette Bott, chief development officer, Utah Food Bank. “In 2015, Utah Food Bank distributed 63,000 backpacks through 35 after-school sites. With the assistance of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, we can continue to serve these children in need.”
The BackPack Program delivers food to partner schools and after-school programs every week during the school year. A school employee fills participating student’s backpacks with packs of food each Friday with enough food to help sustain the child through the weekend. All food items are child-friendly and easy to open and prepare.
About Larry H. Miller Dealerships Larry H. Miller Dealerships operates 20 different automotive brands under 60 dealership locations in seven western states, and employs more than 5,000 individuals.
Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where it conducts business. Through its charitable organization, Larry H. Miller Charities, more than $7.5 million has been donated to qualified nonprofit organizations.