Thanksgiving Point will partner with the Five.12 Foundation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help kids who suffer with hunger

LEHI, Utah (January 2, 2024) – Thanksgiving Point invites the community to give back and serve during the annual Day of Service, held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15, 2024) from 9 am to 12 pm in the Butterfly Biosphere. This year, Thanksgiving Point and community partner Five.12 Foundation welcomes all to make weekend bags full of food for kids struggling with hunger in Utah.

Thanksgiving Point is partnering with Five.12 Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Alpine, Utah whose purpose is to “provide weekend backpacks full of food for those students in need.” Five.12 Foundation serves 50 schools throughout the state, delivering 1,800 weekend backpacks each week. Over 51,000 weekend backpacks are delivered to schools during the 2023-24 school year. During the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, participants will join volunteers from Five.12 to pack hundreds of meal kits for hunger-stricken students.

According to Feeding America, one in ten children (over 93,000 kids) face hunger in Utah. Hunger can cause serious developmental, psychological, and behavioral issues for children. Without access to nutritious foods, children are more likely to have trouble learning, become more prone to illness, and are more likely to be hospitalized than kids who are from food-secure homes. Thanksgiving Point’s Every Kid Counts initiative supports organizations like Five.12 that help make learning accessible and available to every child in Utah, no matter their economic situation.

Held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Day of Service helps celebrate the man who dedicated his life to serving his community. In his honor, Thanksgiving Point hosts the annual Day of Service to support other local nonprofits. In the past, Thanksgiving Point partnered with Serving with Smiles and Granite Education Foundation. Last year, Day of Service participants filled almost 2,000 bags of food in about two hours. With each bag containing four weekend meals, participants provided about 8,000 meals to hungry children in the state of Utah. This is Thanksgiving Point’s fourth Day of Service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be held at the Butterfly Biosphere on Monday, January 15, 2024, from 9 am to 12 pm or until all weekend backpacks are packed. Access to the service project is free and does not require tickets. Admission to the Butterfly Biosphere is not included with the event. For more information, please visit

Thanksgiving Point supports the Five.12 Foundation through the Every Kid Counts initiative. Every Kid Counts helps make science learning accessible to economically disadvantaged children in Utah. This program also provides free admission for kids with families on SNAP or WIC benefits, support for nonprofit partners benefitting children, and opportunities for various service projects on campus. For more information, please visit


About Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point is a community-owned nonprofit with the mission to bring the joy of learning and wonders of the natural world to life through world-class experiences that engage, delight, and inspire. Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point is a center of community engagement and welcomes more than two million annual visitors to dine, play, and explore together. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi, Utah. For more information, call 801.768.2300 or visit

About Five.12 Foundation
Five.12 Foundation is a nonprofit foundation based in Alpine, Utah committed to the idea that anyone can take part in changing the lives of the people around them even if they only have little. The organization is named after a young girl’s $5.12 donation, helping save the life of someone she barely knew. For more information, visit

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