Lt. Gov. Announces Fundraising For Food Pantries, Nonprofits
In a press conference this morning, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced new funding projects for Northern Utah and Utah non-profits.
Cox sent a plea for donations to reach a goal to raise $150,000 for Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties. Cox said the food pantries in this area have seen an increase of 20%-30%, just in the past two months. But the area also consists of a large farming community. As part of the Farmers Feeding Utah program, the money will help bridge the two industries, providing resources to struggling farmers while increasing supplies for the food pantries to distribute to those in need.
In addition to the Northern Utah project, Cox announced funding to help nonprofits stay afloat while they can’t hold fundraising gatherings. Cox said, “nonprofits face a significant financial risk because of dramatic reduction in major philanthropy, grants and individual donors.” He said nationally, nonprofits have seen a loss of nearly $5 billion, and more than 200 million event cancellations. Along with funding from the CARES Act, Cox announced COVID-19 relief fund for non-profits that has seen more than $170,000 in donations.
Cox said other programs and ways to donate are available at utah.coronavirus.gov.