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University of Utah Keeping Food Drive a Vital Utah Tradition

U students collecting donations in 2011.

Nov. 5, 2012 – Roughly 472,000 Utahns risk missing a meal every day, and one in five Utah children is unsure where they will get their next meal. Students and alumni at the University of Utah have long been committed to doing their part to improve these sobering statistics.

Consequently, the University of Utah Alumni Association, Student Alumni Board, the MUSS Board and other volunteers have organized the 2012 Unrivaled Rivalry Food Drive, Nov. 5 through Nov. 24, to collect food and donations on behalf of the Utah Food Bank.

For 18 years, the U and Brigham Young University challenged each other in the Rivalry Food Drive. Preferring to go in a different direction this year with its food drive efforts, BYU has withdrawn from the Rivalry Food Drive. In the absence of a rivalry however, U food drive organizers are determined to keep the holiday tradition alive by challenging everyone in Salt Lake City, including businesses, to join in the fight against hunger in Utah. The U aims to exceed the 421,000 pounds of food and $108,000 it collected in 2011.

From Nov. 5 to Nov. 24, people are encouraged to support the cause in these ways:

  • New this year: Text the word “Utah” to 50555 to make a $10 gift that will appear on your cell phone bill.
  • Monetary donations can also be made online at
  • Mail a check payable to the Utah Food Bank to: Unrivaled Rivalry Food Drive, University of Utah Alumni Association, 155 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.
  • Drop off food at one of the following locations:
    • Utah Food Bank, 3150 South 900 West. Please indicate that the donation is part of the Unrivaled Rivalry Food Drive.
    • University of Utah Alumni House, 155 S. Central Campus Drive
    • LDS Institute of Religion, adjacent to the University of Utah, 1780 E. South Campus Drive


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