PARK CITY — 5 Cans = 1 Cone!

It’s the theme at Park City Medical Center this spring. The hospital is teaming up with the Utah Food Bank to help stock their shelves just in time for the Easter holiday, and the community is invited to participate.

Here’s how it works: Bring five (or more) non-perishable canned or dried foods to
Park City Medical Center between April 4th-15th and receive a voucher to enjoy a
free ice-cream cone at the Silver King Café, located inside the hospital.

Park City Medical Center’s employee advisory committee came up with the idea to
collect food this April. Though traditionally organizations hold food drives over the winter holiday, Bruce Dent, who chairs the committee, said everyone agreed spring is the perfect time to host a food drive.

“We recognize need knows no season. There’s been a dramatic increase in need and a
drastic decline in donations of food over the last few years and we want to do what we can to ensure no Utah family goes hungry anytime of the year,” says Dent.

According to the Utah Food Bank:

  • 1 in 10 Utahns, and 1 in 8 Utah children, lives in poverty
  • Utah is ranked fourth in the nation for the highest rate of very low food security
  • About 350,000 Utahns risk missing one meal every day
  • More than 134,000 Utahns receive food stamps, and 63,000 eat dinner at a soup kitchen
  • 1 in 7 Utah children is at risk of hunger, and nearly 40 percent receive free or reduced school lunch

Donations of canned or dried foods can be dropped off at Park City Medical
Center between 8am-5pm, April 4th-15th. You’ll receive a voucher good for a free ice-
cream cone from volunteers at the front desk.

The food pantry is most in need of the following items: Tuna, pasta, peanut butter, dried beans, canned fruit and vegetables, rice, boxed meals, cereal.

Park City Medical Center is located at 900 Round Valley Drive in Quinn’s Junction.