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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Food Bank received a hefty donation Saturday, delivered due to the efforts of hundreds of dancers.

More than 1,000 dancers between the ages of 5 and 18 competed in the “Will Dance for Food” event, and proceeds from donations and prize drawings at the event were donated to the Utah Food Bank’s programs for children.

The donations total more than $30,000, and the event was the work of dancers from 18 different studios and various sponsors. The Utah Food Bank serves more than 221,000 meals to children every year.

Penny Broussard, Will Dance for Kids director, said the event was a learning experience as well as an opportunity to help.

"These dancers are so blessed,” Broussard said. “They're such lucky little kids to be able to do all the things that they do, and it's such a good thing for them to learn to share their time and share their talents to help kids who aren't as fortunate. So it's a great learning experience. It's a great competition, and we're making a big difference."

Officials with the Utah Food Bank said each dollar donated is the equivalent of $8 in buying power for the organization.

Click here to visit the Utah Food Bank’s website.