The Idaho Food Bank Fund
Each year, thousands of children, families, and senior citizens across Idaho depend on access to free emergency food. The demand for these services remains high throughout Idaho, and the resources of many local nonprofits—which are often volunteer-driven—are stretched to the limit. The Idaho Food Bank Fund gives Idaho taxpayers the opportunity to help these important organizations through a “check-off” donation on their annual taxes. The Fund uses these financial contributions to award grants to local hunger-relief organizations to help them cover vital costs and activities associated with their work.
The Idaho Food Bank Fund was established by the 2009 Legislature as a cooperative effort between three well-respected statewide Idaho nonprofit organizations: The Idaho Foodbank, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho and Catholic Charities of Idaho. The donation opportunity first appeared on the 2009 Idaho State Income Tax Form 40, which allowed taxpayers to designate a dollar amount for the Fund.
Idaho Food Bank Fund Continues to Grow
With your help, $100,000 awarded to 31 groups statewide last year
The Idaho Food Bank Fund’s fourth year was again a tribute to the generosity of Idaho taxpayers. The fund’s executive committee distributed 31 grants worth $100,000 in 2013, up from $99,912.71, $90,978.04 and $78,100 during the fund’s previous years.
Grants to anti-hunger groups in 2013 included:
- $4,970 to the Eastern Idaho Community Action Program in Idaho Falls to purchase food for the Haven shelter
- $3,770 to the Mountain View Church of the Brethren in Boise to buy a refrigerator
- $2,470 to the BoCo Backpack Committee in Bonners Ferry to purchase supplemental weekend food
- $3,495 to the Wm. Cobbley Senior Center in Challis to purchase a refrigerator and on-demand water heater for their kitchen
Qualified applicants must be located in Idaho and have 501(c)(3) status, but are not required to have any affiliation with Community Action Partnership of Idaho, Catholic Charities of Idaho or The Idaho Foodbank.
The Idaho Food Bank Fund will accept the next round of grant applications between July 1 – July 31, 2014.
For questions regarding grant information visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This fund is the result of the passage of House Bill 57-824 IDAHO FOOD BANK FUND which reads:
SECTION 3. That Chapter 8, Title 57, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended
by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and designated as Section 57824,
Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
IDAHO FOOD BANK FUND. There is hereby created in the state treasury, the
Idaho food bank fund. Moneys in the fund shall be appropriated to the Idaho food bank to
provide food, information and support services to hungry people throughout this state through
partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations
and individuals by serving as a central clearinghouse for donated and purchased food.