Linda Hilton is a longtime community advocate for low-income and homeless people in Utah. Focusing on economic justice, she and her coalition address issues such as removing sales tax on food, regulation of payday lenders, and promoting living wages and jobs with benefits.
Hilton currently works at Crossroads Urban Center as director of community outreach and as Coalition of Religious Communities director. Crossroads operates the busiest food pantry in Utah. Hiltonís duties include speaking to community groups about the center and its work, coordinating special events from food drives to fundraisers, and recruiting volunteers. Her advocacy activities include organizing Faith Days on the Hill during the legislative session, education of people of faith about issues impacting low-income and homeless Utahns, organizing candidate forums, and planning an annual free barbecue for clients and elected officials to meet and discuss community and state laws, both positive and negative.
Hilton has served on numerous local boards in nonprofit and educational settings. She created and chaired the 2002 Olympic Games Humanitarian Services Committee, which met for four years prior to the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. The committee stood up for the rights of those being evicted, redirected 800,000 pounds of unused food, worked for fair treatment of homeless Utahns before and during games, and brought together local agencies to assure civil rights of protestors and the marginalized during games. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Interfaith Roundtable and on an advisory board for the Westminster College Community Leadership Masters Program. Honored for her service, Hilton received the National Consumers League Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award in 2012.