University of Utah public safety is hosting a Thanksgiving Drive for the Feed U Pantry, from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, to support U community members in need. Since 2014, the Feed U Pantry, located in the basement of the A. Ray Olpin Union building, has provided food to anyone with a valid Ucard. Through the years, this volunteer-powered food pantry has assisted more than 1,000 U community members and their families.
Collection bins, provided by Utah Food Bank, are marked with the Feed U Pantry logo and are located in the Union Building (outside of the Union Administration Office), at the front desk of the Public Safety building (1735 East South Campus Drive) and at the Jon M. Huntsman Center (arena) at the top of the stairs to the garage.
"We know that many people are experiencing especially difficult times during this pandemic, and we want to support our community," said Ana Belmonte, communications and marketing specialist for the Office of the Chief Safety Officer. "We're committed to all aspects of safety and recognize that wellness and food security are an important part of an individual's overall sense of security."
The donations will be delivered to the U food pantry on Monday, Nov. 9, before students leave campus.
Canned items (tuna, meat, vegetables), dry food (rice, pasta, ramen), and hygiene items (toilet paper, shampoo, soap) are the most needed items.