What We Do

Our mission is to increase access to food across Utah.

Utanhs Against Hunger is Utah’s only state-wide anti-hunger organization working on public policy and advocacy for federal nutrition programs. We are not an emergency food provider.

We achieve our mission through...

Advocacy

Food pantries and charities make up only 15% of all food assistance in our state. So instead, we work hard every day to shape public policy by educating and collaborating with the federal and state policymakers, and to make nutrition programs work for the people who need them. Learn more

Outreach

We promote federal nutrition programs by providing outreach for the summer food programs, strengthening school meals and heading the Utah Breakfast Expansion Team, managing the state’s Food Stamp Outreach Program in collaboration with the Department of Workforce Services, helping farmers markets receive Food Stamp benefits and bringing the Double Up Food Bucks program to Utah, and ensuring that safety-net programs such as WIC and Food Stamps are working. Learn more

Education

We also grow community networks by helping to build the capacity of local charities and ensuring that people in need know where to go for help in their local communities, as well as through community partners and coalition membership, see a full list our coalitions we are members and other Community Partners. Learn more

Our Impact

  • Recruited and trained 9 outreach sites in 2 years. Sites provide information on SNAP and help people apply for benefits.
  • Through the Utah Breakfast Expansion Team, increased School Breakfast participation by 7%.
  • Our Double Up Food Bucks program has helped increase SNAP redemptions at Utah farmers' markets by over 1000% between FY 2008 and 2016.
  • In coalition with other advocates, we defeated efforts to reinstate the sales tax on food (2017).
  • We recieved the Slow Food Utah 2016 Snail Award for increasing access to fresh, affordable food.

Our History

Since 1979, Utahns Against Hunger has been working to eliminate hunger in Utah. Originally started as a project of Crossroads Urban Center, we were formed as the community recognized the need to improve access to federal nutrition programs state-wide. Utahns Against Hunger continues to stay true to its mission that it has followed for the last 38 years. While some activities have changed — such as the organization has moved away from distributing food directly in low-income neighborhoods — we still work to increase and secure funding for those agencies on the state level. Get all the details

No one in Utah should experience hunger. Get involved.