OGDEN -- A $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank is the latest stepping stone Lantern House has collected in its capital campaign.
According to campaign organizers, the fundraising effort currently is at almost $6 million of the needed $7 million to build the new shelter, a new home for what is now St. Anne's Center.
The Wells Fargo donation is earmarked for kitchen equipment and supplies.
"When you are hungry, you can't solve your problems. You can't care for a child or overcome difficulties," said Denise Winslow, Utah vice president of community affairs at Wells Fargo Bank.
Winslow spoke as she presented the $10,000 check last week.
Currently, St. Anne's Center offers a public lunch to the community, and breakfast and dinner to clients staying at the shelter.
But when the new shelter opens, the community will be invited to all meals, said Jennifer Canter, who is the executive director of the shelter.
Canter offered Winslow a tour of the current shelter kitchen, including an old stove that she explained bakes cakes that are thin at one side and thick on the other.
"It's really amazing what they do back there with what we have, especially for as many people as we feed," she said of meals for the 150 to 200 people who come to lunch every day.
"You have guts," Winslow said to the cooks in the kitchen. "That's pure courage to serve 150 guests each day without a working oven."
Winslow said she was representing 750,000 employees, 4,000 of whom live in Utah, as she presented the check.
"Each of our employees lives in a community," Winslow said in explaining her bank's commitment to be supportive of the shelter and other agencies. "Without strong communities, we don't have a strong economy. We want a strong economy."
Last year alone, Wells Fargo donated more than $1.6 million to nearly 250 Utah nonprofit organizations, according to information provided by Wells Fargo.
"We know you are a pillar of our community," Kay Lipman, a Lanern House capital campaign co-chairwoman, said to Winslow. "You support many, many things."