Former Idaho Governor John Evans, who passed away Monday morning, played a major part in the formation of The Idaho Foodbank 30 years ago this October.
On Oct. 15, 1984, Gov. John Evans signed the documents that allowed The Idaho Foodbank Surplus Warehouse to operate at 801 Reserve Street — a 3,600-square-foot Armory building with a dirt floor. Wanda Michelson, director of the Idaho Hunger Action Coalition, the Foodbank’s parent organization, orchestrated the separation of the two organizations. Jill Chappell, a VISTA volunteer, took over as interim Foodbank director. Debbie Mallis, also a VISTA volunteer, was the first full-time staffer. She remembers, “scrounging for office equipment in our first office upstairs in the Old Armory.”