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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Jim Yorgason, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank, speaks to journalists at the unveiling of charity vending machines at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Yorgason announced on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2018, that he will retire later this year.

SALT LAKE CITY — Jim Yorgason, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank, announced Thursday his plans to retire later this year.

“My time at Utah Food Bank has been a remarkable experience,” Yorgason said in a statement. “I’ve always felt comfortable with the meaning of ‘gratitude,’ but my service in this role has prompted me to appreciate the full meaning of the word. The concept of helping those in need and recognizing the challenges of those in our communities has caused me to be a better person and has made an impact that will always stay with me.”

Under Yorgason’s leadership, the Utah Food Bank has grown its services to include 149 pantries in 29 counties, expanded its Mobile School Pantry Program and increased food distribution from its Southern Distribution Center in St. George to serve a greater number of those in need.

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Yorgason joined the food bank 2010 as chief operating officer and became president and CEO in 2013. During his tenure, annual food distribution statewide increased from 30.8 million pounds to 39.2 million pounds. More than 32.7 million meals were provided to Utah families last year.

Yorgason will continue in his role until a new president and CEO is named.

For those interested in being considered for the position, applicant submissions are being accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 14. Please email Clair Farrington, human resources director, with questions regarding submission requirements at [email protected] or mail to 3150 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84119.