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AFS, SelectHealth Can Sculpture Designed To Raise Hunger Awareness

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SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated more than $1,617 in canned food to benefit Utah food insecurity. The canned goods were used to create a display of healthy items to raise awareness of food insecurity in the community.

AFS donationA spaceship made out of nearly 1,924 cans of food recently took up residence at the SLC Library thanks to SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The companies participated in Salt Lake County Health Department’s fourth annual Foodstruction program, which encourages companies to build creative displays out of healthy food items to raise awareness of food insecurity. Following the event, SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated the used items, totaling more than $1,617 worth of food, to Utah Food Bank.

“One in five children have no idea where their next meal is coming from,” said Emily Butlin, Associated Food Stores senior marketing specialist. “Food insecurity in Utah is real, and we believe we can all make a difference to help those who are in need.”

SelectHealth organized a team to participate in the event and coordinated with Associated Food Stores to get the 1,924 cans needed to complete the design. The project required two different builds—a test run and the final product. The test run was donated to For the Kids, a nonprofit that feeds hungry children over the weekend with community donations and volunteers.

Foodstruction is part of Salt Lake County Health Department’s mission to fight food insecurity with Utah Food Bank. Each year several companies visit libraries across the county to build creative displays meant to educate the community about food insecurity. Community members are then invited to vote for their favorites.

Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to more than 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West.

SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 850,000 members. In addition to medical plans, SelectHealth offers dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management and life and disability coverage to its members. SelectHealth plans are available for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees and is a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Kristen Brissette

Kristen lives on Cape Cod and enjoys working in the food industry and loves meeting others in the field.

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