Currently, 2 million pounds of donated Idaho food is given to neighboring states’ food banks each year because we lack warehouse capacity.
The Problem: Not a Shortage of Food, but a Lack of Warehouse Space
Generous donors can meet the growing demand for emergency food in Idaho. But a lack of warehouse capacity, especially for perishable goods, limits our ability to distribute food in a timely way to feed Idaho’s hungriest families, seniors and children.
The Idaho Foodbank is working to respond to a dramatic shift in food donations, from predominantly shelf-stable goods a few years ago to more than half of all donations today being fresh or frozen food, requiring more cooler and freezer capacity to avoid waste. Plus, with Idaho among the nation’s fastest-growing states, more working families and senior citizens are ﬁnding “rent eats ﬁrst” and need help from our 400 partner agencies statewide as they struggle to put food on the table in the face of higher housing costs.
The Solution: Idaho’s New Hunger Relief Facility
Thanks to a generous lead gift by Jacksons Food Stores, IFB has agreed to purchase a 102,000 sq. ft. building in Meridian that will serve as the new IFB statewide food distribution facility.
Purchasing the new food distribution facility, along with the cost of renovations to add teaching kitchens, ofﬁce space and a volunteer center total $13.2 million. With the lead gift of $1.88 million, and the proceeds from the sale of IFB’s current 28,000sq. ft. warehouse in Boise, the goal of A Fresh Approach capital campaign is to raise $8.8 million in donations for the remaining cost of the project.
Who We Are
Providing Food for Meals - by the Millions
94% of All Donations go to Feeding the Hungry
We must ensure that our Idaho Foodbank has the capacity to capture more Idaho-grown produce and distribute it more frequently to more Idahoans than ever before.Campaign Chair Patricia Kempthorne, former Idaho First Lady and Founder, Twiga Foundation
We hope you will consider helping build a hunger-free and healthier Idaho.
To learn more about supporting
A Fresh Approach Campaign contact:
Chief Development Officer
The Idaho Foodbank