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.
Hunger Doesn't Take Weekends Off 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 often have to go without food.
Cooking Matters, a cooking-based nutrition education program of Share Our Strength, which empowers individuals and families with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.
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.