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BYU, Utah State Football Teams Made Large Donation To Utah Food Bank

Mar 17, 2023, 3:58 PM

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Players from both the BYU and Utah State football teams took part in a donation to the Utah Food Bank.

SALT LAKE CITY – Members of the BYU and Utah State football teams came together at the Utah Food Bank. The two teams joined Smithfield Foods, Inc., the Utah Pork Producers Association (UPPA) and the Fredette Family Foundation to deliver 35,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank.

It will result in 140,000 servings.

BYU, Utah State come together for the Utah Food Bank

Smithfield and UPPA, in cooperation with the Fredette Family Foundation, committed to donate 50 pounds of protein to Utah Food Bank for each point scored by BYU and Utah State during the 2022-2023 football season. The teams scored a combined 696 points, resulting in a donation of 35,000 pounds of protein. The donated products, which include ham, bacon, lunch meat and hot dogs, will be distributed throughout the state via Utah Food Bank’s network of partner agencies such as the Beaver County Food Share.

“Utah scores in the fight against food insecurity every time BYU and Utah State football score. For me, that’s a win every time,” said former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette, founder of the Fredette Family Foundation. “I could not be more proud of the continued success of the “Points for Protein” program, and I’m grateful for our partnership with Smithfield and UPPA.”

Tradition since 2019

Both BYU and Utah State have participated in this donation since 2019 through the “Points for Protein” partnership. It’s led to 198,000 pounds and 792,000 servings of protein. Smithfield Foods has donated nearly 500,000 pounds of protein, or nearly 2 million servings to the Utah Food Bank since 2010.

BYU wide receiver Chase Roberts was the spokesperson for the BYU team. After the donation, Roberts, running back Aidan Robbins, wide receiver Parker Kingston, tight end Ethan Erickson, and defensive end Logan Lutui took part in a service project.

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Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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