Proceeds from the Will Dance For Food competition will go to benefit the Kids Cafe, BackPack
and Mobile Pantry Program at the Utah Food Bank
WDFKP is a new and exciting concept in dance competitions.
Our goal is to raise more money each year and you can help!
Did you know?
- 1 in 6 Utah children are unsure where their next meal will come from
- 405,272 Kids Cafe meals were served last year
- 55,855 kids’ weekend backpacks were distributed last year
- From every $1 donation to Utah Food Bank, 95 cents go directly to food and services
- Every $1 we earn is worth $7.48 in goods and services in the hands of Utah Food Bank
- In 2017 WDFKP raised $73,000 which brought our four year total to $338,000 which translates into well over $2.5 million dollars in goods and services in the hands of the Utah Food Bank
- WDFKP collected over 25,000 jars of peanut butter for the Utah Food Bank, including 4,000 jars of peanut butter from our 2017 Peanut Butter Jamm Events
The Kids Cafe program provides free snacks and evening meals in partnership with after-school sites at local elementary schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers. Last year, the Utah Food Bank served 405,272 meals to children at risk of hunger at 78 after-school sites.
Kids Cafe meals provide the kind of nutrition that grows healthy, resilient bodies and minds. It helps fill the nutrition gap that often exists during out-of-school hours for many children who rely on free or reduced-price meal programs during the school day. The objectives of the program are twofold: first, to ensure that the children most vulnerable to hunger receive an evening meal, and second, to provide balanced nutrition in each meal served.
Utah Food Bank’s newest program, Mobile School Pantry, complements both school meal programs and our other childhood hunger programs. It provides a cost-effective food distribution point for children and their families at the end of the school day in a safe and trusted environment—the school playground. Last year, through distribution at 54 school sites, the Utah Food Bank was able to reach 234,507 individuals, 130,022 of whom were children. This year, they are serving 67 sites—and the program continues to grow!
Utah Food Bank’s BackPack program works in conjunction with 39 after-school sites and is carefully designed to mitigate the stigma that is so often associated with hunger. Last year, Utah Food Bank furnished 55,855 packs of food to help sustain Utah children during weekends when they lack access to school meal programs. Food items distributed through this program are kid-friendly and easy to prepare foods such as instant oatmeal, canned ravioli and macaroni and cheese.
At the outset of the school year, participating children are supplied with a nondescript backpack for use throughout the year. The magic happens at the end of each school week when those backpacks are filled with child-friendly, single-serve and easy-to-prepare food. A weekend of hunger can leave a child feeling irritable and distracted on a Monday, but this program helps children return to school refreshed and ready to learn.