By Cari Miller
North Central Branch Manager
I stepped into The Idaho Foodbank world on Feb. 4 as the new manager of the North Central branch in Lewiston. Over my first two months, I have been amazed at this organization’s hard work and dedication to feeding those who are food insecure in our state. Perhaps what has impressed me the most has been our operation of our Mobile Pantry.
The Mobile Pantry program takes food directly into communities that haven’t been able to support their own permanent food pantries.
As I pulled up to the Potlatch Presbyterian Church and saw a line of people standing there, boxes in hand, in the snow and rain, I knew we had important work to do. I jumped out of the vehicle and was welcomed by energetic and smiling volunteers.
This was my first encounter with a food line of any kind. I have to say, after two hours of handing out frozen meat I felt more fulfilled than I have since I served in the Army.
Subsequent mobiles have been equally inspiring. Every time I run into a friend I show them pictures of the Mobiles and remark, “Can you believe I get to do this for a living?”
I look forward to many similar experiences with this great organization I now have the privilege of calling my family.