The Idaho Foodbank has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation to help sustain the Foodbank’s nutrition programs. The Bank of America Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Foodbank’s services and programs for several years.
Nutrition programs provided by the Foodbank include Cooking Matters, Backpack Program, School Pantry, Mobile Pantry and Picnic in the Park.
Cooking Matters is a free, six-week class that teaches parents and kids how to shop for and prepare healthy, inexpensive meals.
The Backpack Program supplies nutritious, wholesome food over school-year weekends to children at risk of hunger when they do not have access to school food programs. There are currently over 2,000 Idaho children who receive the weekly backpacks.
School Pantry also provides an accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. The Mobile Pantry program distributes dry and frozen food to underserved, usually rural communities. The Picnic in the Park Program provides nutrition for food-insecure children during the summer months when the school lunch they depended on is unavailable. The program helps fill the nutritional gap so children can get the food they need.
The Idaho Foodbank thanks the Bank of America for this generous gift to help keep these important programs active in Idaho.