Programs That Make A Difference
In addition to distributing food through our community partner network, The Idaho Foodbank supports various hunger-relief and educational programs that promote healthy families and communities.
During the school year, many low-income children have access to nutritious meals through their school’s free-and-reduced breakfast and lunch program. Unfortunately, on the weekends these same children go without food. Our Backpack program helps these children by providing weekend food support throughout the school year.
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education program which empowers individuals and families with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals. Through these courses, Cooking Matters participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible for themselves and their families. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ0d35ZeC8E&
During the school year many children rely on free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches provided by the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs. But what happens when school is out? The Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program provides nutritious lunches for food-insecure children during the summer months when the school lunches they depend on are unavailable.
The Mobile Pantry Program distributes dry and frozen food to underserved, usually rural, communities. This program helps populations that do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, food assistance.
If children who receive weekend Backpacks are dealing with food insecurity, it makes sense that their siblings are, too. Survey responses from parents and children confirm that 81 percent of children share their Backpack food with brothers and sisters, and that their entire family could benefit from emergency food assistance. School Pantries are a natural extension of the Backpack program.
Today, 1 in 12 Idaho seniors is living with hunger. AARP estimates that 52% of our more than 110,000 senior residents rely on Social Security for half of their family income. Unfortunately, almost one in four Idaho seniors depends on Social Security...
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of Idahoans who are low-income, including the elderly, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. A national hunger-relief program, the food is...