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A Bounty of Generosity

Harvest season is the time of year when we all enjoy vegetables and fruits at the peak of freshness. At The Idaho Foodbank, harvest reminds us of the value of fresh produce in living a healthy life, as well as the generosity of our Idaho growers. Fruits and vegetables made up 39perscent of the food we provided in fiscal year (FY) 2023. 

The Idaho Foodbank’s mission is not just about calories – it is also about nutrition. Providing nutritious foods to Idahoans in need is a central component of The Idaho Foodbank’s mission. 

This would not be possible without the generosity of Idaho growers who donate an abundance of fresh produce. In fact, 34 percent of the food that The Foodbank distributed in FY2023 was donated from growers, manufacturers, and distributors across Idaho. 

The availability of nutritious food is an important part of a person’s overall health, and local growers and producers have always been significant supporters of food banks. We have been working with Global Gardens in the Treasure Valley to facilitate the donation of their excess produce so that it can be distributed in a timely matter to those in need. 

In FY2023, 86 percent of the food distributed by The Idaho Foodbank was considered nutritious. 

The generosity of Idaho’s agricultural community is a huge part of why quality fruits and vegetables are available to Idahoans in need. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a key part of a nutritious diet, so these donations are also an important component of our Hunger to Health Strategy and our work to end hunger. We are grateful for agricultural supporters, such as the Berry Ranch, who regularly donate produce to The Idaho Foodbank. 

From asparagus to zucchini and everything in between, the fresh bounty from this year’s harvest will be shared with all Idahoans, including those who need a helping hand.