The Idaho Foodbank is pleased and honored to announce that several of its stellar volunteers and dedicated donors have been honored by the Idaho chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
At the award presentation, held on Nov. 12, National Philanthropy Day, at the Red Lion Downtowner Hotel, AFP honored Rachel Holtgard and Primeland Cooperatives, as well as the team of Boyd Anderson and Lavar Thornton, and Idaho Central Credit Union.
* Rachel Holtgard, Boise, owner of Ceramica, was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser for her endless support of the Foodbank’s Empty Bowls. In 2010, first year she worked with Empty Bowls, Ceramica donated 500 bowls. This year Rachel and her customers are on track to donate 1,200 bowls. She was also cited for her in-kind donations to more than 100 nonprofit organizations and her volunteer work with the Boise Curling Club and Junior League.
* Primeland Cooperatives, Lewiston, was named Outstanding Large Corporation. In the past two years, this farmers’ cooperative has raised $58,000 through its Harvest for Hunger campaign to support the Foodbank’s Mobile Pantry and Backpack programs. Primeland has also helped farmers during disasters and donated land for a new fire station in Craigmont.
* Boyd Anderson and Lavar Thornton, both of Kuna, were Honor Roll recipients. Together they have provided indispensable volunteer help at the Southern Idaho Correctional Institution’s farm near Boise for two years. Together they have helped inmates grow more than 490,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Foodbank. Last season alone, that donation reached 310,000 pounds.
* Idaho Central Credit Union, based in Pocatello, was also an Honor Roll recipient. ICCU has supported employee volunteer efforts at Foodbank Backpack builds in Pocatello and Boise, and at Biking for Backpacks in Pocatello. The credit union was also a major supporter of the Hope in Motion event in Boise where it presented the Foodbank with a $5,000 check. Employees are currently holding a Hope for the Holidays food drive.
At the Foodbank, we know our vision of a hunger-free Idaho would be impossible to accomplish without the support of generous and dedicated people and organizations such as these. We are greatly indebted to them for their willingness to step forward and help their neighbors in need. We are also grateful to the Idaho chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for allowing us to honor them all for their singular contributions to our state.