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.
The Idaho Foodbank facility in Pocatello recently hosted their first Family Day of Volunteering. This was an opportunity for families with children as young as four years old to volunteer at the warehouse.
The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced an update to the Thrifty Food Plan. The Thrifty Food Plan is used to calculate SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. SNAP is also referred to as food stamps. This Thrifty Food Plan update was required by the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. This modernizes SNAP to reflect healthy eating recommendations and food prices.
Crisp, sweet, and nutritious apples. They can be sliced, diced, and paired with delicious dipping sauces. Incorporating this nutrient-dense fruit in our diets can aid everything from digestion to protection against free radicals (cancer-causing molecules). Eating apples is a great way to incorporate more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C into our diet. In combination with a balanced diet, these nutrients can aid in chronic illness prevention. Apples are an easy, healthy snack with vast benefits!
September’s Staff Spotlight is on Rhoda Hall, who works in the Gift Processing Department in Meridian.
The Idaho Foodbank is hosting a statewide Back to School campaign for the entire month of September. In an effort to support kids all over Idaho who are experiencing hunger, the campaign will raise funds for the Backpack and School Pantry programs. There will be activities in the Treasure Valley and across Idaho during the month to support children through school-based programs.
Health starts where we live, learn, work and play. Many people only think of healthcare services when envisioning health, but 70% of our health is determined by behavior and environment. In addition to doctor visits, access to nutritious food, education, stable and affordable housing, transportation, and air/water quality in our environment are all part of what is known as social determinants of health.
The Giving Cupboard in Rigby, Idaho found a new way to serve their community members over the last year. Naomi Schilling and her team of volunteers operate in a converted warehouse outside of town.
It is currently Harvest Season and it is a great time of year for fresh fruits and vegetables. We know fresh produce is not always readily available, so here is a helpful guide when choosing among frozen, canned, or fresh fruits and vegetables. This chart has tips on the pros and cons of each type of produce.
Brittany Armentrout and Theo White and their children have been regular volunteers at The Idaho Foodbank’s Lewiston location for several years. When they got married in May of this year, their guests did not hesitate when Brittany and Theo asked for donations to The Idaho Foodbank in lieu of gifts.
Harvest season is the time of year when we all enjoy fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness. At The Idaho Foodbank, harvest reminds us of the value of fresh produce in living a healthy life, as well as the generosity of our Idaho growers. Over one-third of the food we provided in fiscal year 2021 were fruits and vegetables.
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.
Did you miss this year’s online event? Thank you to everyone who supported our annual event. You can still watch it and learn more about these innovative chefs, our generous sponsors and the work of The Idaho Foodbank at: https://idahofoodbank.org/achefsaffaire/ A Chefs Affaire 2021Read More
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 matter of seconds. If you could pick one theme for The Idaho Foodbank to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? […]Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More