Crossroads Urban Center was founded in 1966 to assist and organize low-income, disabled, and minority Utahns to meet basic survival needs and to address essential issues affecting quality of life.
Crossroads is best known for operating Utah's busiest emergency food pantry, the Luisa E. Lema Emergency Food Pantry. Named in honor of a long time Crossroads staffer, this program assists over 65,000 men, women, and children each year. An emergency fund to help with bus tokens, gasoline, rent, utilities, and prescriptions is also available, as are referrals to the Crossroads Thrift Store for free household items, blankets, and clothing. In addition, Crossroads runs the Community Food Co-Op of Utah, a monthly food purchasing co-operative with volunteer distribution teams throughout the Wasatch Front.