Press Releases and the latest news from The Idaho Foodbank

Boise State Fights Student Food Insecurity

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.

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Hunger to Health Highlight – a “Cooking Matters” Success Story

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.

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Albertsons Companies Foundation Partners with The Idaho Foodbank to Feed Kids

The Albertsons Companies Foundation has selected The Idaho Foodbank as an official charity partner to receive donations from the annual Hunger Is campaign to eradicate childhood hunger. All donations made at 34 Albertsons stores in Idaho from September 1 – 30, 2019 will be used to provide healthy breakfast foods for kids via the Backpack and School Pantry programs.

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August Harvest News

August is Harvest month here at The Idaho Foodbank! We are expecting Beets from Pleasant Valley Farm anytime now.

We have been packing lots of apricots and are expecting a gauntlet of peaches, apples, plums, and pears that should last up until Thanksgiving.

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July is Beef Counts Month

July is Beef Month and Beef Counts! Join us in celebration of Idaho Beef Month and the multi-generational beef ranchers, caring for Idaho lands and producing a delicious, high-quality protein. Many of the events and activities this month will focus on our partnerships with the Idaho Beef Council, Agri Beef, and the Cattlemen and Cattlewomen Associations and their efforts to support hungry Idahoans. 

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Dairy West and Albertsons kick off “Moo Bucks” with Special Event

Join us for Hullaba-MOO on Saturday, June 1 as Dairy West, Albertsons, and The Idaho Foodbank kick off the “Moo Bucks” campaign to benefit Idaho families in need. Hullaba-MOO will feature games, prizes, dairy-focused classes, and the opportunity to take a selfie with a calf. The free event runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Albertsons Market Street in Meridian at 3499 E. Fairview Ave. “Moo Bucks” will be available at Albertsons checkouts June 1-15, which will help The Idaho Foodbank distribute dairy foods to clients.

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Annual Study Reports Food Insecurity in Idaho Improving

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.

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Volunteers From Around the State Recognized

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.

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Walmart and Feeding America Launch Fight Hunger – Spark Change 2019 Campaign

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.

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Veteran takes helm at food bank in Lewiston

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 […]

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Avocado Deviled Eggs

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!

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