Utah Department of Corrections

A food drive for the Boys & Girls Club of South Valley, led by the Department's Law Enforcement Bureau, was a huge success! Donations of non-perishable food items came from throughout the Department.

The bureau also received an additional 400 backpacks. The food will be used to stuff the backpacks with emergency supplies for hungry and at-risk children as part of the club’s KidsEat program. The drive also brought in clothing and money for the club to use to help kids.

The bureau, with help from Utah Correctional Industries, filled a truck with the food and delivered it to the club on April 7. Central Utah Correctional Facility staff donated food to the Central Utah Food Sharing-Food Bank in Mt. Pleasant and the Utah Good Bank in Richfield, boosting their supplies to help kids and their families.

Club Executive Director Bob Dunn was very appreciative of the Department’s efforts to support the KidsEat program.

“It’s obvious you understand just how important this food drive can be to our kids and our families,” Dunn wrote in a thank you letter to Executive Director Rollin Cook. “Many of our Club members are in situations where they have access to few resources and are having to overcome numerous challenges. … Your support is helping to ensure these children will have enough food to grow and thrive and fulfill their own great futures.”

Lynda Brown, who started the KidsEat program also wrote a thank you note to the Department.

“Thanks to your team and the officers that participated a lot of otherwise hungry kids will have foot to eat on the weekends,” Brown wrote.