This school year has looked and felt different for children and families across the country. But as the summer season begins, it is important to remember that summer can also mark the time of year when children have less food to eat.
Vonda Pattee celebrated her 25th anniversary with The Idaho Foodbank this year. We appreciate her service, commitment, and integrity.
Founded in 2011, the Palouse-Clearwater Hunger Coalition is doing innovative work to connect local growers with others in the community. Their mission is to increase the production, distribution, and consumption of locally grown food and agriculture products.
June is National Dairy Month. Dairy has important nutrients that are easy for the body to absorb. Calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorous help to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. This is especially important for older adults and can help lower the risk of osteoporosis.
A special congratulations to The Traveling Table, serving Canyon County and beyond, for their recent new vehicle purchase. With the use of some money from The Foodbank COVID Relief Grant, as well as other support from the community, they were able to purchase a bigger refrigerated truck.
Reed’s Dairy is among our supporters and is celebrating Dairy Month by giving back. They will be donating a portion of all proceeds on June 23rd to The Idaho Foodbank. You can support the event at their Idaho Falls, Boise, Ammon, and Meridian locations.
The Idaho Foodbank was able to award COVID Relief Grants to our partners this spring to further strengthen the overall hunger relief network of Idaho and impact local communities. $260,500 was distributed to 167 of our partner organizations that applied.
One of The Idaho Foodbank’s core values is agility, and this past year has been a true test of our ability to put that value into action every day. We took aggressive steps to assure our ability to continue to serve by safeguarding our facilities through restricted access, moving non-operation staff to working remote, and adapting how our programs distribute food.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, released its annual Map the Meal Gap in May 2021. The report includes analysis of food insecurity in Idaho in 2019, right before the pandemic, along with projections on how the pandemic and other economic changes may impact people facing hunger locally and across the country.
How has The Idaho Foodbank helped you in your career development? I joined the Idaho Foodbank right after obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics as the Nutrition Education Specialist. It was/is extremely rewarding work. I gained huge respect for the organization as a whole and its various moving parts. Transitioning into Development was a big […]
April was Volunteer Appreciation Month. Our Lewiston office was able to have a small volunteer appreciation event at the end of the month. Thanks again to all of our volunteers – we could not do our work without you!
Donations to help firefighters and people in the Lewiston area who have been displaced due to the wildfires in North Central Idaho can be made to several dependable charity organizations in Lewiston. A news release from the Nez Perce County Officer of Emergency Management asked residents to make donations to local food banks and pantries, or consider a monetary donation to The Idaho Foodbank or the Red Cross.Read More
Think of protein as the body’s building block. It’s a vital part of muscle, tissue, bone, skin, blood, hormones, enzymes and vitamins. There are a variety of protein foods and they each offer different nutrients. Most Americans get enough protein, but not everyone gets all of the benefits of protein foods.Read More
The Grocery Outlet Independence From Hunger Campaign in Lewiston will take place every Friday in July!Read More
I love working with the senior population in our state. It is very rewarding for me to have the opportunity to help them find solutions for their food insecurity at a time in their lives when it may not be easy for them to ask.Read More
Mike Vanderkooi has been a volunteer at The Idaho Foodbank’s Pocatello facility for more than 10 years. Mike also has Multiple Sclerosis. When the pandemic hit, he was unable to attend volunteer sessions and was devastated that he had to stay home. While he did get to practice his diamond dot skills, he missed helping and supporting his community.Read More
On June 24th, the Idaho Business Review hosted the CEO of Influence 2021 Award. This award recognizes top business and nonprofit leaders throughout the state. Congratulations to The Idaho Foodbank’s own Karen Vauk, who was one of the 20 honorees. Honorees were selected for consistently demonstrating strong leadership, integrity, values, commitment to excellence and diversity. Foodbank Board Member Diane Bevan was also recognized.Read More