What is your favorite sport? Hockey is my favorite. They have group hugs and when people get in trouble they get sent to timeout. Plus it is fast paced and anything can happen in a […]
Stress and little time for relaxation and decompressing is a contributor to health complications. It tumbles downhill like the snowball effect, only growing larger as it continues. People commonly reach for sugar in times of stress. Cookies, pies and chocolate are some sugary foods people reach for when they are stressed. But health officials have linked chronic illnesses with the excess consumption of added sugars in foods.
As the holidays and winter months are approaching, many people are filled with excitement about apple cider and hot chocolate; time with family; and holiday meal traditions. For some Idaho families, the holiday season is another time to worry about how they will provide enough food for their families.
September was a month full of creativity, generosity and a reminder of how much we can accomplish together. Thank you to everyone who participated in Back to School month across the state, helping us to raise the funds and awareness needed to set Idaho kids and their families up for success this school year. Thanks to you and your support of the Backpack and School Pantry programs, Idaho children will have access to the nutritious food needed to learn and grow.
Roger and Nancy Gibson are an example of how the community in Pocatello comes together to support children facing insecurity. For many Idaho children, the meals they receive at school are their primary sources of nutrition for the day. The Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack Program supplements this food for some Idaho children by providing food for the weekend that fits in a child’s backpack on Friday.
This year, October is a particularly note-worthy month for The Idaho Foodbank. October 2021 marks the 37th anniversary of The Idaho Foodbank. In October of last year, we moved into our new facility in Meridian to help us continue to serve the entire state. This year we are marking the end of our successful Capital Campaign with an online grand opening of this new facility and you are invited!
University of Idaho’s (U of I) Homecoming is the first week of October. During this time, there will be a food drive at the University with proceeds going to the Vandal Pantry and The Idaho Foodbank. We are so appreciative of the student leaders at U of I for initiating this project to help fight food insecurity in Idaho!
The Idaho Foodbank’s Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report is out – and what a year it has been. The Idaho Foodbank distributed 30.9 million pounds of food in Idaho in our last fiscal year. This was a 38 percent increase in food distribution in Idaho.
According to the latest Map the Meal Gap report, it is estimated that 1 in 8 Idaho children may experience food insecurity this year. Food insecurity is more than having basic human needs go unmet – it has profound implications for education, health and quality of life. Most of us can understand the fear and stress that accompanies hunger, but there are unique challenges when a child is experiencing hunger.
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) recently honored The Idaho Foodbank with the inaugural Community Partnership Award for its effort to help those with food insecurity in the Treasure Valley.
We are in the middle of harvest season and our warehouse features a good variety of local produce. From the orchard in Caldwell, the pears are full and plentiful. Plums are also abundant. This season, we are starting to receive early onions from harvests that will continue for the coming months. We also have peaches that will be on their way to The Idaho Foodbank. Thank you to Idaho’s hard-working farmers for their generous donations.
Troy Food Bank, nestled in the hills in North Central Idaho, enjoys a picturesque landscape with beautiful small-town charm. June Miner and Leitha Witt are working to change the food landscape for community members. The pantry, located in the 100-year-old Seventh Day Adventist Church, is small but mighty.
As we approach the holiday season, it is important to remember that not all of our neighbors can fill their plates and bowls with food. That is why The Idaho Foodbank is pleased to host Empty Bowls events in the Treasure Valley and in Pocatello.Read More
Starting in 2005, the Albertsons Turkey Bucks campaign has raised funds for The Idaho Foodbank to provide food for holiday meals to Idahoans in need. This year, the Turkey Bucks campaign resulted in customers and employees at 11 Albertsons stores raising money to provide food for more than 200,000 meals this holiday season.
At an event at The Idaho Foodbank warehouse in Meridian, representatives from Albertsons and The Idaho Foodbank spoke about their important partnership to help families struggling to make ends meet.Read More
Congratulations to Fred Meyer, Lookout Credit Union, McVey Entertainment, Karen MacKay, Laura Hale and Kira Hale on receiving Idaho Philanthropy Day awards! These selfless individuals and corporations were nominated by The Idaho Foodbank and received Idaho Philanthropy Day Awards for their outstanding contributions to Idaho. Visit the link to view all those nominated and awarded for their generous acts. Thank you for going above and beyond to serve the community!
Idaho Foodbank Nominations for Idaho Philanthropy DayRead More
PROVIDING HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS The Cranksgiving Turkey Drive in Pocatello puts a unique and healthy “spin” on the Thanksgiving holiday. During this holiday season we see an outpouring of […]Read More
How has The Idaho Foodbank helped you in your career development? The Idaho Foodbank has given me a platform to utilize the knowledge I have gained over the past few […]Read More