RSL to make donation to Utah Food Bank

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pouring rain turns to snow as Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers play in their first MLS playoff game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

The Real Salt Lake Foundation on Thursday morning will donate to the Utah Food Bank for those impacted by COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The foundation will donate perishable food that is normally used to for game days at Rio Tinto Stadium. The food is provided by Levy Restaurants.

“In this difficult time that everyone is facing, we wanted to take the opportunity to help those in need,” RSL Foundation Executive Director Mary Van Minde said in a statement. “In delivering food that may have gone to waste to the Utah Food Bank, the RSL Foundation aims not only to help people affected by the pandemic, but also create awareness for a giving opportunity right here in our community.”

The foundation also will give $5,000 to the Utah Food Bank. With matching donations, that amount goes a much longer distance.

“For each dollar donation, matching donors allow the Utah Food Bank $7.66 in goods and services for Utahns facing hunger,” the news release says. “So with this donation, the Utah Food Bank is able to provide $38,300 in goods and services.”

The donation was originally planned for Wednesday, but was postponed one day due to the 5.7 magnitude earthquake felt all across the Wasatch Front on Wednesday morning. The Utah Food Bank was closed due to the earthquake.