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February 5, 2016

Giant Sculptures Made From Healthy Food Encourage Food Bank Donations

Pam Davenport - Email

Nicholas Rupp - Email

SALT LAKE COUNTY—Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) and Salt Lake City Public Library announced today a community display and food drive focused on healthy food items for the Utah Food Bank. The public display period will be February 8–14 at the Main Library.

Teams from six local health care–related businesses will build giant sculptures using healthy canned, bagged, and boxed foods. A Food Design panel will judge the sculptures for their design and use of healthy foods, and at the conclusion of the display period, the teams will donate all food used in their sculptures to the Utah Food Bank.

The public is invited to view the sculptures and to bring their own healthy food items to donate; for every nonperishable food item donated at The City Library, patrons will receive $1 off overdue fines. Visitors may also vote for their favorite Food Design sculpture in the “People’s Choice” award category.

“Hungry people in need deserve healthy food options—in fact, they are often the members of our community who are most in need of nutritious, healthy foods,” said Leslie Chan, SLCoHD dietitian. “When someone only has the opportunity to eat one meal a day, it needs to be healthy and packed full of nutrition.”

Food Design 2016

Salt Lake City Public Library
210 East 400 South Salt Lake City

Sculpture construction:
Monday, February 8, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Public display period: February 8–14 (during library operating hours)
Judging and award presentation: Friday, February 12, 10:00 a.m.
Interviews with teams, judges, SLCoHD, and Utah Food Bank available after awards presentation on February 12

Design Teams:
Health Choice Utah, Healthy U, Molina Healthcare, LDS Hospital, SelectHealth, and University of Utah Health Care
Design Consultation: Local architecture firms Architectural Nexus and HHY Associates
Judges: Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake Tribune food writer Kathy Stephenson, and Utah Food Bank Chief Development Officer Ginette Bott