The Idaho Foodbank, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Feeding America are kicking off the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store or donating on Feeding America’s website.
The Idaho Foodbank Celebrates National Nutrition Month and kicks off its One Million Meals in March Campaign
In celebration of National Nutrition Month, The Idaho Foodbank has launched a statewide effort to increase the food and funds collected in March and provide hungry Idahoans with food for more than 1,000,000 healthy and nutritious meals.
The government has reopened until at least February 15, 2019, but there are still significant concerns about the shutdown’s lingering effects. Federal workers are waiting for backpay, federal contract employees have lost income, and food stamp (SNAP) recipients are worried. As the state’s largest hunger relief organization and largest distributor of free food assistance, The Idaho Foodbank’s increase in food distribution will provide for an additional 266,000 meals starting this week and extending into early March.
For the fourth consecutive year, Idaho dairy farm families are partnering with the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. For every box donated to the Cookies from the Heart program, dairy farmers across Idaho will donate $1, giving customers an opportunity to double the impact of their charitable contribution. A $5 purchase will provide a box of Girl Scout Cookies and help The Idaho Foodbank purchase milk to provide hunger relief across the state.
The USDA recently announced that SNAP benefits will be funded through February. States are being asked to issue February SNAP benefits early – on or by January 20, 2019.
Nine Idaho organizations expressed their support for the food assistance provisions laid out in the newly agreed upon farm bill that passed with overwhelming support from Congress this week. On Monday night, House and Senate leaders released a farm bill agreement that protects and strengthens food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for Idaho families.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, in conjunction with Feeding Children Everywhere, Albertsons and The Idaho Foodbank, will work together to create more than 61,000 meals for Idaho’s local communities.
Happy Day Brands and the Idaho Foodbank were joined by Nampa School District officials and members of the Nampa City Council today as the first donation of the 100,000 servings heading to school pantries around the state filled the cupboards of Snake River Elementary School.
Stinker Stores across Idaho participated in “Stomp out Hunger,” a company-wide campaign created to provide as much help as possible to families in need during the holiday season. The Stinker Stores annual campaign delivered a record-breaking drive for the 7th year in a row.
The Idaho Foodbank Scores $20,000 from “Sacks for Hunger,” an Albertsons and Boise State Broncos Partnership
For each sack the Boise State Broncos defense tallied this 2018 season, Albertsons donated $500 for a total donation up to $20,000 for the 2018 season. Going into Saturday’s game, the Boise State Broncos had accumulated 36 sacks. Just shy of 40 sacks, Albertsons showed its ongoing commitment to support The Idaho Foodbank’s vision of a hunger-free Idaho by donating the full $20,000. The check presentation took place on Saturday, November 24, 2018, during the final home game of the Boise State Broncos 2018 season.
As part of the annual Turkey Bucks campaign, shoppers at Albertsons stores in southern Idaho had the opportunity to add to their purchase totals to donate $1, $5 or $10 to Idaho families in need. On Thursday, November 13, Albertsons came to The Idaho Foodbank with a truck filled with 3,067 full turkey dinners for the families who need them most.
Albertsons is once again teaming with Boise State football with its yearly tradition of “Sacks for Hunger,” a unique way to raise funds to help provide food for the roughly 179,000 people The Idaho Foodbank serves each month. For each sack the Broncos defense tallies this season, Albertsons will donate $500, up to $20,000 for the season.