Salt Lake City, UT (December 11, 2019): Over 1,600 people locally – and 60,000 nationwide – walked away from the Thanksgiving table with a full belly and a happy heart this year, thanks to the partnership of David Weekley Homes and 18 charities across the U.S. In Salt Lake City, David Weekley Homes teamed up with Utah Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that has served the greater Salt Lake City area for more than 100 years, to provide meals to needy families.
“Not only will the efforts from your food drive benefit many families in Utah, the money donated for the hot boxes will assist in feeding hot lunches to many underprivileged children all around the state with our Kids Café program,” said Lavine Shapiro, funds director with Utah Food Bank.
From November 1 – 15, David Weekley Homes hosted its fifth annual companywide Thanksgiving Drive, bringing together its homeowners, real estate agents, vendors, trade partners and team members to collect 150,000 pounds of food for nearly 60,000 people across the country.
“It was exhilarating seeing the donations come in!” said Stephanie Zorn, lead estimator with David Weekley Homes in Salt Lake City. “Nothing beats seeing companies come together to help the community.”
Utah Food Bank serves those in need throughout the entire state. The organization works tirelessly with community partners and volunteers to make an impact and fulfill their mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. As Utah’s only member of Feeding America’s nationwide network, Utah Food Bank is part of the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
“The donations from David Weekley Homes will assist our organization in providing five families of four with food for one month,” said Julie Adams-Chatterly, the food drive coordinator with Utah Food Bank.
To assist Utah Food Bank this year, David Weekley Homes collected approximately 1,900 pounds of nonperishable food items and $3,000 in monetary donations during the two-week drive. The Thanksgiving Drive is a volunteer and philanthropic initiative of the company’s CARE program, which allows the extended David Weekley Homes family to live out its purpose of Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives in each of the communities in which it builds.
“Some of the greatest joys in life come by serving those around you,” said Scott Curtis, a David Weekley Homes builder in Salt Lake City. “I always tell my kids, ‘observe and serve!’”
About Utah Food Bank
For over 100 years, Utah Food Bank has been serving those in need throughout the state, working tirelessly to fulfill their mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. The organization distributes food free-of-charge to 150 partner agencies and also offers several direct service programs to help children and seniors in Utah.
About David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 20 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 13 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 90,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.