The world of college athletes and foster care came together on a lovely fall afternoon in Draper – as members of the University of Utah football team spent their Sunday serving the families who serve children.
“I love cooking - so I just took the opportunity to go out and cook, and get some good people some good food.”Nick Ford, Ute Offensive Lineman
Nick Ford says having a regular Sunday meal with his family meant so much to him – that he decided to pass along the gift of a meal to local foster parents and the children in their care. Together with Athletes Strong, Cultivate Craft Kitchen, Nicholas and Company, and the Corner Canyon football team, Nick cooked up chicken alfredo, garlic bread and salad to create that togetherness for families.
“I know for our foster families, they do the heavy lifting. Every day, every night, they are working with kids who have experienced a lot of trauma. And for them to see the community is reaching out and supporting them, feels real good.”Nikki MacKay, Utah Foster Care
Nearly 2500 children across the state of Utah are in foster care because of abuse and neglect – and the need for new foster parents is ongoing.