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Backcountry, Distillery 36 Team Up to Produce Hand Sanitizer for Utah Homeless Population

Online retailer, distiller will distribute hand sanitizer to Salt Lake City homeless programs serving at-risk communities

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PARK CITY, Utah (April 21, 2020) – Today, specialty online retailer Backcountry announces that the company has partnered with Salt Lake City-based distillery, Distillery 36, to produce hand sanitizer for several northern Utah homeless outreach centers. The companies will produce 100 gallons of hand sanitizer and distribute to Salt Lake City’s at-risk homeless population and front-line homeless service workers.


Backcountry CEO Jonathan Nielsen:

Distillery 36 Owner and Founder Jensen Dobbs:

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Fox:

Hand sanitizer donations will be provided to homeless service organizations in northern Utah, including:

  • The Road Home
  • South Salt Lake Men’s Resource Center
  • Midvale Family Shelter
  • Palmer Court
  • Volunteers of America Utah
  • Youth Resource Centers
  • Geraldine King Resource Center
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Gail Miller resource center
  • Saint Vincent De Paul food kitchen and overflow shelter
  • The Rescue Mission
  • Fourth Street Clinic

Utah is home to more than 6,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, many of whom are at greater risk for infection due to lack of access to hygiene and sanitation facilities or connection to healthcare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Earlier this month, Backcountry launched a donation platform and a T-shirt fundraiser to raise funds for additional production of non-medical grade face masks for Utah’s at-risk homeless outreach programs. In conjunction with the launch of the fundraising platforms, the company partnered with a Los Angeles-based manufacturer to produce non-medical grade face masks for New York’s homeless population and front-line Department of Homeless Services workers, as well as its own team members in its Utah and Virginia distribution centers. As of today, Backcountry has raised $65,600 and donated more than 20,000 additional masks to shelters and other service providers.

About Backcountry is the leading online retailer of premium outdoor gear and apparel for skiing, snowboarding, biking, climbing, fly fishing, hiking, camping, and more. Founded in the Park City, UT area in 1996, Backcountry connects people to their passions by offering the best selection of outdoor products, backed up by knowledgeable, responsive customer service from its Gearheads and rapid fulfillment out of its two warehouse hubs.

Media Contact:
Katie Hostetler, rygr
(970) 924-0704, ext. 108