As Utah Food Bank Grows Demand, Washington City Mayor’s Cup Raises 500 Pounds of Food Donations – St. George News

Mayor Chris Stahely with the Mayor’s Cup and 1st Place Winners, Brother Team Guard: J. McDonald, Frankie Colon and Dustin Koons, Washington City, Utah, July 11, 2022 | Image credits to Councilman Kurt Ivey, St. George’s News

Washington City – More than 120 golfers competed in the annual Washington City Mayor’s Cup Monday in charitable support for the Utah Food Bank.

Sherry and Mike Tate as snack and beverage sponsors pose alongside the Staheli Family Farm golf team, Washington City, Utah, July 11, 2022 | Image credits to Councilman Kurt Ivey, St. George’s News

Directed by the Washington City Rotary Club and based at Green Spring Golf Course, the tournament raised 500 pounds in food donations and $2,500 in cash donations to the food bank. Overall, the Rotary Club earned about $10,000 in fundraising proceeds. Wendy Bolkeley, a leader at Rotary Club of Washington, said the charitable effort stems from Rotary’s desire to help the Utah food bank increase the need for supplies.

Paul Tekalski, Utah Food Bank Development Director in Southern Utah, spoke about the state of the food bank.

“I wouldn’t say our shelves are empty – that’s not accurate,” Tikalsky said. “We are serving more people now than before, and with inflation and gas prices rising, we have more demand for food.”

On the golf course, tournament participants donated cases of canned and trade-packed foods for Moulgan’s on the green and tickets for multiple draw drawings, which included prizes such as theater tickets and a Traeger grill.

Golf teams leave club for tournament start, Washington City, Utah, July 11, 2022 | Image credits to Councilman Kurt Ivey, St. George’s News

The event began at 7 a.m. with breakfast served by Chick-fil-A. Thirty teams of four golfers start playing at eight in the morning, playing the best ball scramble style.

The 18-hole competition ended at about 1 p.m. with Team Jersey Mike serving lunch, and Staheli Farms providing snacks and drinks throughout the event.

Washington Mayor Chris Stahely did not participate in the tournament, although his predecessor, former Mayor Kenneth Nelson, did. Instead, Stahele drove across the course in a golf cart, meeting and communicating with several golfers under the intense sun.

Rotary Club President Tyler Hunsaker said the event went smoothly with many other joint venture companies.

“Being our first time,” he said, “it felt like we’d been running it for years.”

Mayor Chris Stahely with members of the Rotary Club of Washington City, Washington City, Utah, July 11, 2022 | Image credits to Councilman Kurt Ivey, St. George’s News

The annual Mayor’s Cup started 11 years ago with the help of Bolkeley and former Mayor Nelson. Usually the event focused mainly on the economic links between local businesses. This year, the Rotary Club and Mayor Staheli wanted to keep competing, but they focused more on Utah Food Bank philanthropy.

Despite his great satisfaction with the participation in the event and the huge donations, Bolkeley said the call for charitable aid remains.

“The Utah Food Bank is still asking for donations,” she said.

Tekalski said cash donations to the food bank go a particularly long way because of the Utah Food Bank’s unique discounts on food purchases.

“For every dollar people donate, we can turn that into $8 of food through our relationships,” he said.

Applying this percentage to Monday’s tournament, the $2,500 donation would equate to about $20,000 in food.

Those interested can donate money to a food bank in this site.

Mayor Chris Stahely poses with the Washington City Youth Council, City of Washington, Utah, July 11, 2022 | Image credits to Councilman Kurt Ivey, St. George’s News

The Utah Food Bank’s St. George’s Warehouse also accepts food donations.

“We can’t stockpile people’s food in 1974 — it happened,” Tekalsky said. “We can take items from 2016 onwards. Canned goods, packaged pasta, and cereal are great foods and peanut butter. We always need peanut butter.”

The warehouse of St. George at 4416 S. River Road, open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

George’s Depot distributes 1.3 million pounds of food each year, Tekalski said, and they recently doubled the size of the food bank.

“We supply and distribute food to 39 agencies throughout southern Utah,” Tekalski said.

These locations include the Switchpoint Shelter for the Homeless, the DOVE Women’s Shelter, three Native American Sanctuaries and the Salvation Army. Throughout the summer, the St. George’s Food Bank has been providing lunch to about 150 children a day in Sandtown Park and La Verkin until public school starts again.

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