Across Idaho, the amount of food distributed by The Idaho Foodbank has increased 30% during the pandemic.
Since the COVID-19 impact arrived, The Hunger Coalition has reported serving more families through its food pantry in one month than the organization did in all of 2019. They are operating at over three times the level they did prior to the outbreak. That’s three times as many families and three times as much food. The numbers are unprecedented.
Through a grant provided by Chobani, LLC The Idaho Foodbank this week welcomed a new refrigerated food truck. The truck will be dedicated to serve South Central Idaho, including the Magic Valley, to provide greater access to nutritious food to assist families, children and seniors facing hunger.
Thursday morning the Custer County mobile food pantry held its local distribution in Challis, Idaho. The distribution was due to start at 11:30. However, they were set up early and prepared to go by 10:30. The food was completely disbursed by 11:10.
The Idaho Foodbank and its partner agencies across the state are considered an essential service and vital to providing food. Therefore we are exempt from Governor Little’s Statewide Stay-At-Home Order. Our facilities are open, and our volunteers are considered essential personnel.
National Guard steps in to help relieve growing demand at Idaho Foodbank. Dozens of Idaho National Guard members are deployed across the state to help with the growing demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.