Salt Lake City

Mayor Will Join Volunteers to Help Address Childhood Hunger



September 17, 2014
Contact: Art Raymond

Mayor Will Join Volunteers to Help Address Childhood Hunger






SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker will join community volunteers to pack bags full of food for children as part of “Blessings in a Backpack Day” on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 1- 2 p.m. at Salt Lake City's Hyatt Place Hotel, 55 N. 400 West, as part of a nationwide effort to combat childhood hunger. 


Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. While fed during the school week by the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, these students have little or no means of obtaining food on the weekends. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)3 organization that provides food for more than 65,000 of these elementary school children across 45 different states on weekends during the school year, filling a significant hunger gap for these children. 


"I'm happy to support the efforts of 'Blessings in a Backpack' to help address hunger issues that are impacting some of the most vulnerable in our community," said Mayor Becker. "I encourage those who are able to also do what they can to give back to those in need."


The United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in June declaring Thursday, September 18, 2014 “Blessings in a Backpack Day.” Mayor Becker is one of many mayors across the country who will take part in this initiative.


Each week, program coordinators and local volunteers nationwide pack and deliver bags full of food to students at school on Fridays to take home with them over the weekend. Salt Lake City students benefit from this program.


“I am so grateful for the support of Mayor Becker and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for their support of our work across the nation,” said Brooke Wiseman, CEO, Blessings in a Backpack. “No child should have to go hungry, and I hope Thursday's efforts continue to raise awareness of the hunger our nation’s children face, and encourage others to become involved in Blessings in a Backpack – helping us feed the future of America.”


For more information about Blessings in a Backpack and how to get involved, please visit