Senators bet on Utah-Oregon football game


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — It’s almost time for one of the biggest games on the University of Utah Utes schedule — Saturday’s game against the Oregon Ducks. Before the game, a Utah lawmaker places a small bet on the outcome.

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) made a friendly bet on the Utah-Oregon game. As part of the bet, lawmakers arranged for food producers in their respective states to make large donations to food banks in their opponent’s state, pending the outcome of the game.

Smithfield Foods has pledged to donate 40,000 pounds of food to the Oregon Food Bank and Food For Lane County. On behalf of Senator Wyden, Farmers Ending Hunger and Tillamook County Creamery Association have pledged to donate a total of 35,000 pounds of food to the Utah Food Bank.

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Ahead of Saturday’s game, Senator Lee will join University of Utah President Taylor Randall and representatives from the Utah Food Bank as Smithfield donates an initial 40,000 pounds of protein to feed Utah families ahead of the holiday season.

This donation will provide over 160,000 servings of protein to help hungry people across Beehive State.

Saturday’s game airs at 5:30 p.m. on ABC4.


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