Press Releases and the latest news from The Idaho Foodbank

Thank You for Your #IdahoKindness!

The official numbers have been tallied and we are ecstatic to announce that we met the $100,000 IdahoKind challenge match inspired by Duane and Lori Stueckle! Because of your help and generosity, we will be able to provide food for up to 1 million meals to Idaho families.

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Eastern Idaho – Finding Inspiration at The Idaho Foodbank

Volunteer Gennese Annen is a regular face at the eastern region foodbank in Pocatello. She says, “I initially chose to volunteer at The Idaho Foodbank because I wanted to give back to the community and help people in need. It makes you realize how small and insignificant your problems are when you see people who are struggling just with the basic needs of hunger and putting food on the table for their families. It’s humbling and inspiring to be a part of changing that in any way.”

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Healthy and Yummy Whole Grains

Whole grains fuel our bodies, providing us with energy to get us through the day. Regularly consuming whole grains has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Be mindful when selecting whole grain foods. Breads, pastas, tortillas and oatmeal are some examples of products that often contain whole grains, but can also contain processed or altered grains.

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Update on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The USDA has announced the extension of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, also known as the “Farmers to Families” food boxes thru April 2021. SunTerra Produce was selected as the vendor to distribute this product in Idaho. The Idaho Foodbank is currently working through the contract expectations and delivery options, and more details are forthcoming.

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Contributing Factors to Your Health

When it comes to health, there are so many elements that contribute to our well-being. These conditions are also known as the social determinants of health (SDOH). Healthy People 2030, a framework for a healthier nation, defines SDOH.

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Wells Fargo: “Many hearts. One community.”

We are lucky to have hundreds of volunteers who spend time with us at The Idaho Foodbank. In fact, they log 70,000 volunteer hours a year, which equates to 33 full-time employees. One such special volunteer is Janelle Haag, who has volunteered at the Idaho Foodbank for nine years.

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IdahoKind Challenge

Inspired by the generosity of Duane and Lori Stueckle, IdahoKind is a campaign that celebrates kindness. By February 14, 2021, the goal is to generate 1,000 acts of kindness and raise $200,000, providing food for up to one million meals.

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IdahoKind Campaign Kicks Off on January 18

Inspired by the generosity of Duane and Lori Stueckle, The Idaho Foodbank is kicking off #IdahoKind – the first fundraising and awareness campaign of its type for our organization. Launching on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18 and running thru Valentine’s Day The Idaho Foodbank is encouraging the community to share kindness. Anyone can participate by sharing a story of kindness, volunteering in their community, writing a kind note, sharing heartwarming moments, or donating. Just use #IdahoKind and share your feel-good stories on social media and other channels.  

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Highlighting Everyday Heroes Behind the Masks

Rosauers in Lewiston, in partnership with Idavend Broadcasting, held the annual Holiday Heroes one-day food drive. Lewiston Rosauers shoppers purchased grocery bags stuffed with festive side dishes and pantry staples for families needing a little help to make their holiday meal special this year. 

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More Than Words

Once again, Idahoans across the state embodied the true spirit of giving during our “Hope for the Holidays” campaign; a program that generated food for millions of meals for community members facing hardships they could never imagine. More than that, Idahoans showed that they care about their neighbors and people in their communities that they may never meet. It is a gift that will keep giving well into the new year.

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