Valley United Against Hunger
For more than 20 years, BYU Student Alumni has sponsored the largest food drive in Utah County. In 2012, BYU teamed up with Utah Valley University to collect food and monetary donations for those in our community living in hunger.
All donations go to Community Action Services, who can use their leverage to turn each dollar donated into 3 meals or 15 pounds of food!
We Need Your Help!
- Donate online.
- Donate money at the BYU Store, Cougareat, or Creameries.
- Drop off non-perishable food in bins across campus.
- Participate in the first-ever Y RUN? On Nov. 20, participants will commit to NOT run and post pictures of themselves doing anything but running to be entered to win great prizes. Sign up, kick off your running shoes, and relax!
Hey BYU Students! Get Involved!
Sign up on our Volunteer Sheet to help out at any (or all) of the events!
- Food Blitz | November 11 @ 6-8:30pm & November 18 @ 6-8:30pm: Volunteers will be going door to door to collect food donations.
- Cupcakes: Cupcakes will be sold at various locations in the Cougareat with the proceeds going to Community Action.
- Grocery Stores | November 14 @ 11am-2pm & November 17 @ 5-8pm: Volunteers will be outside of grocery stores around the area to collect donations.
- Food Barrels | November 6 - December 4: Collect non-perishable food donations from campus bins and deliver to Community Action Services and Food Bank.
Valley United Against Hunger
The Valley United Against Hunger Food Drive, a joint BYU-UVU effort to provide immediate relief for hungry kids and families, makes a difference to a serious local need. One of every six children in Utah County is food insecure, which means he or she does not know where the next meal is coming from. With nearly 80,000 people in the county at or below the federal poverty level, a housing crunch that has left many homeless and put others at risk of losing their shelter, and a third of the county’s children qualifying for free or reduced lunch, the need for the most basic food items to prevent hunger is enormous. When the economy is poor, the situation is even worse.
Thanks to caring students and alumni, the BYU-UVU food drive has helped to raise nearly $50K annually, the equivalent of 10 weeks of 1700 nutrition packs put each Friday into the backpacks of kids who go home to a weekend of empty cupboards.
COVID-19 Pandemic Effects
Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 54 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 18 million children. In Utah, 347,370 people are struggling with hunger - and of them 113,190 are children. The average cost of a meal in Utah is $2.91- Data from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2020
Last year, generous donors gave more than 3.4 million pounds of food to Community Action Services and Food Bank, including more than 1.35 million pounds from stores through the Grocery Rescue program. The agency distributed 3,425,528 pounds of food to people in need in our community, serving 10,614 families and 26,784 individuals. CAFSB sent 40,832 backpacks full of food home on Fridays with elementary school students in need, donated 89,772 pounds of food to senior centers in the three-county area, and had approximately 500 volunteers help serve the community throughout 2019.