An annual study released by Feeding America is showing the continuation of a positive trend in the total number of Idahoans who are food-insecure. The Map the Meal Gap report provides critical information including food insecurity rates for both the state and county level as well as the family budget shortfall for food-insecure Idahoans. Overall, the state’s numbers improved by 0.9 percentage points. Unfortunately, one in eight Idahoans and one in six children is still food insecure.
The Idaho Foodbank’s Board of Directors was pleased to recognize volunteers from across the state this morning in honor of their commitment to hunger relief. Just this last year over 24,000 volunteers put in over 58,000 hours at our warehouse and branch locations, working at fundraising events, distributing food at mobile pantries, and helping teach Cooking Matters classes. These volunteers who put in over 100 hours last year deserve special recognition.
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.
Mike Wigen spent nearly three decades in the Idaho Army National Guard, deploying twice to Iraq and serving in the support battalions that make sure the military has what it needs to function. Now Wigen is on a new distribution-related mission, helping feed the region’s hungry as the new manager of the Idaho Foodbank North […]
These little tasty morsels are packed with nutrients and flavor. They are a fun twist on your regular holiday side dish! Avocados are packed with micronutrients and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied throughout the day. Try these out at your next holiday gathering, they are sure to be a big hit!
At The Idaho Foodbank North Central branch we may have a small staff but thanks to volunteers you wouldn’t know it! Volunteers work across the organization including a lovely group of women who volunteer their time managing the front desk. They are the first faces a guest sees when walking through the front door to make a donation, volunteer, or to ask for food assistance.
Thank you to everyone for supporting our Million Meals in March campaign and helping us raise the food and funds for a million nutritious meals for Idaho families. We couldn’t do it without your kindness and your support.
Every year for the past 23 years Norma Boyd has written a song for Feeding the 5000 in Pocatello, an annual event that benefits The Idaho Foodbank. This year she’s put together a CD of all of the songs that can be purchased and 100% of the proceeds go to the Idaho Foodbank. The CD sells for $20 and available at various Feeding the 5000 events in Pocatello, which run from February to May.
A special treat for National Nutrition Month! This Cooking Matters recipe video was created by Carly Metcalf. Carly is a Registered Dietitian and is The Idaho Foodbank’s Nutrition Education Specialist.
Avocados are a great source of unsaturated fats that can go great on toast, tacos, and even used as a dip for veggies or chips! In celebration of March being National Nutrition Month we want to highlight some of the awesome things nutrition can offer for you.
Volunteers filling backpacks with food to help get children in need through the weekend to senior boxes to supplement needs for additional nutrition, and everything in between, no good deed goes unnoticed at The Idaho Foodbank. Click to watch the video and read the story our The Wednesday Wonders volunteer group.
On November 29, the Friday after Thanksgiving, The Idaho Foodbank will be hosting our annual Empty Bowls event in downtown Boise on the Grove Plaza Throughout the year, we collect handcrafted and hand-painted bowls from professional and amateur artisans, students and studios. The event offers the opportunity to select a unique bowl from thousands and […]Read More
The spirt of giving is strong in Idaho. Therefore, it is fitting that “National Make a Difference Day” on October 26th falls within Idaho Hunger Awareness Month. The following is a story that may help to inspire many Idahoans looking to make an impact. It started in April of 2016 when Paul’s Market closed in […]Read More
We celebrated the 21st year of A Chefs’ Affaire on Thursday night in style, and all the way around it was a huge success. We want to thank all the sponsors, donors, attendees, presenters, and volunteers and our amazing Chefs and our sponsors who make this event so spectacular.Read More
Alliance Title & Escrow Corp is hosting their 8th annual ‘Closing the Hunger Gap’ companywide food drive. Alliance Title branches throughout Idaho and parts of Montana and Washington will be collecting food and funds to benefit their chosen local food banks through the entire month of October. The company will also donate a portion of their October revenue to further support their food bank partners.Read More
School is back in session and most college students are settled in and well into their routine with classes, but for some, there’s not always certainty about where they will get their next meal. Collin Peterson with the Bean of Students at Boise State says about one in three students have expressed that they have gone hungry or have struggled with having enough food in the past thirty days.Read More
Jim, a 64 year-old Nampa resident, was diagnosed with diabetes in September 2018. Always seeking the quickest means of satiating hunger – processed foods, microwave dinners, fast food – the idea of taking a cooking class was a bit daunting for Jim. However, the thought of daily insulin shots was a powerful motivator.Read More