Gina Cornia, the Executive Director for Utahns Against Hunger, joins Matt Pacenza on the HEAL Utah Podcast to discuss UAH’s work fighting to limit food insecurity in Utah. Gina discusses the groups that face the biggest hunger problem and the barriers that prevent people from accessing benefits. Gina and Matt discuss some of the solutions that would alleviate food insecurity, something that 1 in 8 Utah households deal with, such as a state level Earned Income Tax Credit. They also discuss the sales tax on food proposal, which Utahns Against Hunger and other groups successfully defeated this past legislative session. They end discussing changes in the Salt Lake City’s homeless shelter locations.
Utahns Against Hunger is now inviting SNAP-authorized farmers markets and farm stands to apply to participate in the 2017 Utah Double Up Food Bucks season, expected to run from June 1 – October 31.
Double Up Food Bucks is an innovative healthy food SNAP incentive program that helps low-income residents take home more fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The program works by matching Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”), dollar-for-dollar, up to ten dollars per market day at participating farmers markets and farm stands across the state of Utah.
In addition to increasing access to healthy food, small farmers gain new customers and more income, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. In short, the program is a win-win-win. (Click here to download a summary of Double Up’s positive impact during the first two seasons).
Last year Double Up was offered at twenty-one farmers markets and farm stands in ten counties across the state. Utahns Against Hunger expects over twenty markets to participate again in 2017. The 2017 season will run from June 1 through October 31.
How to Apply
Farmers markets and farm stands can apply to participate in Double Up by submitting an online application. Download the Application Guide HERE for instructions and a link to the online application form.
Application deadline: March 24, 2017
Please direct any questions to Brian Emerson, Double Up Food Bucks Manager, emerson[at]uah.org or call 801-328-2561
The annual School Breakfast Scorecard released was released this week by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group). The Scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the participation of low-income children in the School Breakfast Program, and finds that 65,246 low-income children in Utah participated in school breakfast on an average school day in 2015–2016. This represents an 7.7% percent increase over the previous year.
The national School Breakfast Program makes it possible for all school children in the U.S. to receive a nutritious breakfast every school day.
The report finds that 38 low-income children in Utah ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price school lunch during the 2015 – 2016 school year. This is below the national average of 56 low-income children eating school breakfast for every 100 who received school lunch in the 2015–2016 school year.
School breakfast participation nationally has been growing, and several strategies exist to increase it further, including the use of alternative breakfast models, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go,” and second chance breakfast. Utah’s increased school breakfast participation rank can be linked to an increase in alternative service models across the state. In spite of this increase, Utah continues to be ranked 51st in the country, and this can be attributed in large part to the lack of widespread implementation of alternative service models across the state.
“We are committed to increasing school breakfast participation so that more children in Utah are starting their day with the nutrition they need to learn and thrive” said Marti Woolford, child nutrition advocate, Utahns Against Hunger. “School breakfast means less hunger, better health, and improved educational outcomes for our children. We will continue to work with schools across the state to improve our school breakfast participation rate so even more children can focus on learning, and not on their growling stomachs.”
About the School Breakfast Scorecard
This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2015–2016 school year — nationally and in each state — based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation. On an average school day, 12.1 million low-income children participated in the School Breakfast Program in school year 2015–2016. Participation among low-income children increased by just over 433,000 students, or 3.7 percent, over the previous school year. Read the School Breakfast Scorecard in full.
About School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts
This report examines School Breakfast Program participation rates and trends in 73 of America’s largest school districts. These districts saw a net increase of 101,548 students eating school breakfast in school year 2015–2016, compared to the prior school year. Two-thirds of the districts expanded their school breakfast participation from the previous school year. Read School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts in full.
UAH is proud to partner with the Utah Food Bank and the Salt Lake City Public Library System to bring Kid’s Cafe to the Main Library. The Utah Food Bank prepares nutritious meals each weekday that are served free of charge to all children up to 18 years old. Starting March 6, SLC Main Library will begin providing meals from 3-4 pm, along with enrichment activities. This helps kids who might otherwise go to bed hungry.
Kid’s Cafe is currently looking for volunteers to set up, serve food, clean up, and help run activities. Volunteers shifts are available weekdays from 2:45-4:15 pm, no ongoing commitment is required. If interested, contact Christina Walsh with the Salt Lake City Public Library System at firstname.lastname@example.org. A background check is required to work with children.
Concerned about hunger under the Trump administration? Worried about the future of our safety net programs? Don’t know what to do?
In President Trump’s administration many of Speaker Paul Ryan’s dangerous anti-poverty proposals are likely to be adopted, including cutting food stamps, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and gutting Medicaid. These actions will leave many Americans without the programs and benefits that they need to survive. This may be the biggest threat that the American safety-net social programs have ever faced.
Millions of Americans depend on these programs; join the movement to protect them!
Come meet other people engaged in this work and learn what is at stake, practical advocacy that makes a big impact, and what you personally can do to defend federal anti-hunger programs.
- When: Tuesday, December 13 at 5:30-6:30 PM
- Where: Utahns Against Hunger 764 South 200 West, SLC 84101 (enter through door on 200 W).
- Evens Stevens will provide dinner; please RSVP by 12/9/16 at 3:00 pm with the Eventbrite link for food.
CNR Reauthorization Not Happening This Year: Advocates Prepare to Step-up Efforts to Protect and Strengthen Programs
Per our friends at the Food Research & Action Center: Senate leaders stated earlier this week, as Congress heads for adjournment, that the child nutrition reauthorization bill officially will not be happening this year.
While the Senate and House Committee versions of the bill have been public for the majority of 2016, finding agreement between the two very different bills proved to be too difficult to accomplish. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Agriculture Committee stated that “[i]t is unfortunate that certain parochial interests and the desire for issues rather than solutions were put ahead of the well-being of vulnerable and at-risk populations and the need for reform.”
During the 2014-2015 school year, 34.3 low-income children in Utah ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price lunch, resulting in Utah being ranked last in the nation for school breakfast participation. If Utah could increase breakfast participation to reach 70 children for every 100 that eat lunch, UBET estimates that an additional 50,417 low-income children would be added to the breakfast program and the state would receive more than $14 million in added child nutrition funding.
On November 29, 2016, the Utah Breakfast Expansion Team (UBET) released the report, Starting the Day Right: Best Practices for Increasing School Breakfast Participation in Utah Schools. This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) throughout Utah by comparing the number of low-income children eating school lunch to the number of such children eating school breakfast.
- Describes alternative breakfast delivery models that can help increase school breakfast participation.
- Promotes the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant for increasing school breakfast participation in high poverty schools.
- Gives recommendations for Utah’s school district leaders, education leaders at the state level, and for state legislators.
- Provides valuable school breakfast participation data tables that can help in assessing the success of current School Breakfast Programs.
You are encouraged to share this report with your networks and on your social media channels. Questions regarding the report can be directed to Marti Woolford at email@example.com or 801-328-2561.
The full report is available at: http://www.uah.org/projects-initiatives/utah-breakfast-expansion-team-ubet/
Below is a list for Thanksgiving food assistance for Weber County & Salt Lake County. For all other locations contact 2-1-1.
Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah
Sign up will include both Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.
Baskets include cranberries, stuffing, canned vegetables, yams, jello, turkey, ham.
-Hours: Sign is October 24th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.
-Service Area: Box Elder County, Davis County, Weber County
-Eligibility: Income based; 150% of poverty level.
-Intake/Application Process: Arrive at Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank on dates and times indicated.
-Required Documents: Picture ID for every adult in the household; birth certificates (or school or immunization record with birth dates) for every child in the household; utility bill or lease agreement; pay stubs or DWS myCase printout.
2504 F Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
Family Connection Center – Layton
Thanksgiving Meal Box
-Hours: Applications accepted during business hours now through October 31, 2016. Pick up will be November 19, 2016. Food Pantry hours: Monday & Tuesday- 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wednesday- 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Thursday 12 noon – 6:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
-Service Area: Davis, Morgan
-Eligibility: Open to those in need
-Intake/Application Process: New clients must bring in required documents. Existing clients need to sign up at the front desk.
-Required Documents: New clients must bring in proof of income and proof of residence, photo ID for each adult in household, birth certificate for all household members
875 East Highway 193
Layton, UT 84040
Ogden Rescue Mission
Holiday food basket available to those in need the Thursday before Thanksgiving and the Thursday before Christmas.
-Hours: Door opens at 1:00 pm. Line generally starts forming early in the day.
-Service Area: Northern Utah
-Eligibility: Those in need
-Intake/Application Process: Come to the Mission the day of distribution. Line generally starts forming early in the day.
-Required Documents: Proof of residency, Birth Certificate or Social Security card for everyone in household, application available on site.
2775 Wall Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Crossroads Urban Center
The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway is held at the Urban Indian Center, 120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Turkey and one or two grocery items if available. Parking is at Smith’s Ballpark. (Do NOT park at 7 Eleven. They will be towed).
-Hours: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 from 10 am – 3:30 pm
-Service Area: Salt Lake County
-Eligibility: People in need of food assistance for Thanksgiving.
-Intake/Application Process: First come, first served. No pre-registration.
-Required Documents: State Issued Picture ID for adults. No social security cards. ID’s (birth certificate, immunization card, etc.) for children to show how many people are in the household.
M – F 9 am – 5 pm
Mosaic Inter-Faith Ministries
Thanksgiving food box. Call for detailed information.
-Hours: Thursday, November 3rd, 10th, 17th & Tuesday, November 22nd. Arrive at 9:00 am to receive a numbered ticket (1 – 300). Food boxes distributed from 9:45 am – 12 noon or until boxes run out.
-Service Area: Utah
-Eligibility: Families in need this holiday season.
-Intake/Application Process: Arrive at 9:00 am to receive a numbered ticket (1 – 300).
-Required Documents: None
4392 South 900 East
Murray, UT 84124
Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
Thanksgiving family food box available during regular food pantry hours.
-Hours: November 23rd, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
-Service Area: Davis County, Salt Lake County
-Intake/Application Process: Walk in
-Required Documents: ID for all family members
463 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Salt Lake City Mission
Thanksgiving food basket giveaway to be held at 1151 South Redwood Road, Suite 106 in the rear of the building. Main dish and sides provided. Some form of meat and vegetables, beverages provided as available. Will be giving away clothing as well.
-Hours: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 10 am – 3:30 pm
-Service Area: Salt Lake County
-Eligibility: Must be a resident
-Intake/Application Process: First come, first served, until supplies run out.
-Required Documents: No homeless. Must be residents. Bring ID and proof of residency.
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
1151 South Redwood Road Ste 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, hear from the School Nutrition Foundation about funding available through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC). The Partnership works together to expand universal in classroom breakfast programs and will be providing grants to school districts in Utah. If you operate in Utah, you won’t want to miss out on this webinar!
To learn more about the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, visit http://breakfastintheclassroom.org.