We recently officially opened USANA Kids Eat. It’s a food-packing facility where volunteers will fill backpacks with food for children who don’t have enough to eat (for background on the program, please see my previous blog post or visit usanakidseat.org).
You’ve heard me repeat the quote, attributed to Winston Churchill, often:
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Giving is so important. And that’s what USANA Kids Eat, in conjunction with the USANA Foundation, allows us to do. We’re providing millions of meals to children and families across the globe. But now, we’re able to better serve those in our local community.
Helping to Feed Hungry Children
I get choked up when I think about kids going home for the holiday break to empty cupboards. Just the other day, I joined several USANA employees in packing food for one particular school.
We were able to help make sure those children went home with backpacks filled with enough food to get them and their families through the long winter break. One in five Utah children goes home to insufficient or no food every day.
“With each backpack containing seven meals, we are filling and distributing 800 backpacks each week,” said Brian Paul, USANA Foundation president. “For long holiday breaks, we fill over 3,000 extended-break food kits so kids will have enough food. We welcome the public’s help to reach the goal of filling and distributing 1,000 backpacks per week, which will total 300,000 meals for hungry kids in our community in 2020.”
Making a difference is part of our vision and culture at USANA. And we’re looking forward to making an even bigger difference in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Our goal with the program is to fill and deliver 1,000 backpacks each week to hungry children.
Thank you to our special guests and dignitaries who joined us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 19. And thanks to each of you for your continued support of the USANA Foundation — and now USANA Kids Eat.
The following are media mentions connected to the USANA Kids Eat program, as well as to the grand opening on Dec. 19, 2019:
- USANA opens food-packing facility in Utah to help combat child hunger — Deseret News (Dec. 19, 2019)
- Fighting Holiday Hunger — ABC4 Utah (Dec. 19, 2019)
- Dr. Oz Visits Fox 13 — Fox 13 (Dec. 19, 2019)
- USANA Kids Eat — ABC 4 Good Things Utah (Dec. 16, 2019)
- Two small charities fed hundreds of Wasatch Front kids. USANA merged them and will serve even more — The Salt Lake Tribune (Dec. 15, 2019)
- USANA Kids Eat — KSL News Radio (Nov. 18, 2019)