Press Releases and the latest news from The Idaho Foodbank

Volunteer Spotlight: Idaho Central Credit Union

Volunteer groups and the people who spend hours in our warehouses sorting, bagging and preparing food for the individuals in need are some of the most important people in the effort to solve hunger. Each month, we like to take a moment to thank and recognize a group of volunteers who do great work and […]

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Making It Through Together

When Jennifer found out she was going to be losing her job, she and her husband Rick were already out of savings. With Rick going to grad school and a recent pay cut, the savings had been depleted. Even with some signs that bad news was coming, there was no amount of preparation they could […]

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Schweitzer Help Build A Fresh Approach

The campaign to fund A Fresh Approach in North Central Idaho and raise the funds needed to build the new facility in Lewiston received a huge supporter in the month of July, with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announcing a $20,000 gift to the effort. Schweitzer is known for its philanthropic work all over the northwest, so […]

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New Facility Enables More Education In North Central Idaho

When it came to building the new North Central facility to serve the community including a teaching kitchen was a no-brainer. A key focus of The Idaho Foodbank is nutrition and the ability to teach hands-on cooking skills as well as provide education through the Cooking Matters Program was very important. Cooking Matters is a 6-week, […]

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PCA Provides 40,000 Boxes For Senior Food

When the Foodbank was in need of boxes to fill with food for seniors in need in June, we were coming up short. With 2,000 food boxes set to go out with items specifically chosen for senior nutrition, we weren’t going to have the boxes needed to reach our goal. That’s when Mike Watanabe and […]

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Fresh Ideas Are Feeding Hope

Collaboration Works! – Two years ago, The Idaho Foodbank joined with food banks in the Pacific Northwest to develop a collaboration model for the region with three areas of focus to improve our fresh produce distribution: increase the quantity, provide a greater variety, and reduce transportation costs for the food banks.   Our food bank partners […]

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With Harvest Season Comes A Need For Volunteers

As truckloads of fresh apples, pears, apricots and plums start pouring into our warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, a growing need for volunteers presents a difficult hurdle. Just as donations of time dips each year, we see an increased flow of fresh produce which needs to be sorted, bagged and prepared for a trip […]

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Foodbank Board Honors Volunteers

All of our volunteers are pretty remarkable!  We have volunteers that come in one time for a class project, to volunteers who donate over 600 hours a year!  These volunteers help us with our Cooking Matters classes, in the office, at mobile pantries, at our distribution desks, at events, leading other volunteers and packing millions […]

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Starting On The Right Foot

One of the real assets and skills learned by students taking Cooking Matters classes from The Idaho Foodbank is how to make a meal from scratch.

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Harvest Report: Cherries Begin To Arrive

Believe it or not, early harvest has begun, and we’re learning a lot very quickly. Summer harvest has some growers having to replant as much as 30 percent of their crop! One of our partners had to suspend their retail outlet because of the way spring and late winter treated crops. But it’s not all […]

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Harvest Report: New Partnerships Bring New Produce

Our partnership with the LDS Church orchard continues to bear fruit – and now potatoes. We got a great donation of fresh packed Russett Potatoes from the Taylorview facility in Idaho Falls. This tremendous gift with a goal of trying to find ways to work together in the future to try and build on the relationship. […]

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Idaho Letter Carriers Help Stamp Out Hunger

One of Idaho’s longest-running community events was back in 2017 with a successful year, with more than 200,000 lbs. of food coming to Idahoans in need through the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 13. Organized by the National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) and The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the nation’s […]

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