Utah's Jewish congregation, Kol Ami in Salt Lake City, has for the third time awarded a grant to Utahns Against Hunger from the California-based MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
The $8,000 award was presented this year in memory of former Gov. Scott M. Matheson in a ceremony hosted Wednesday by Gov. Norm Bangerter, with remarks by Norma Matheson. Rabbi Frederick Wenger presented the money to Steve Johnson, director of Utahns Against Hunger.MAZON is a unique funding source for anti-hunger work in the United States. The money comes from "life celebrations" within the Jewish community, such as weddings and bar mitzvahs. Families are asked to donate 3 percent of the money they spend on food for such celebrations to MAZON, which awards grants to anti-hunger groups nationwide. It has become one of the major funding sources for Utahns Against Hunger.
Utahns Against Hunger is a private, non-profit organization that works statewide on issues affecting low-income nutrition in Utah. Efforts include both client assistance and working with local groups to assist people in their communities. It has a 31/2-position staff and a number of volunteers.