More than 220,000 Idahoans, including more than 72,000 children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. More than 1 in 6 Idaho children and about 1 in 8 Idahoans is food insecure.
What is food insecurity?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. … Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household.
You can read more about food insecurity in Idaho on our Hunger in Idaho Page.
What can you do to help?
According to an article from Feeding America, there are several things you can do this summer:
- Plant a family garden and donate part of your harvest to a local food pantry. We recommend checking out Ample Harvest for ideas and finding a pantry close to where you live.
- Attend an event that helps raise money or brings in food. Check out our events calendar for several opportunities.
- Volunteer! There’s nothing more rewarding than spending an afternoon making a difference for your own community.
- Organize a food drive.
- Make a donation. You can donate to The Idaho Foodbank directly or by setting up your own fund drive.
- Learn more about what The Idaho Foodbank does. We have a set of free PDF publications that talk about our programs. You can view and download the entire set here:
Lastly, read some of the stories we have posted about the people we have helped. Most people only use food banks and food safety net programs for short periods of time during a medical or another type of financial crisis. We like to feature stories about people who have gotten back on their feet. Here are some examples:
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
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
If you’ve ever wondered why cooking matters, look no further than Jerry, a student in The Idaho Foodbank’s Cooking Matters class. From helping with cholesterol levels to losing almost 80 pounds, Jerry has learned a lot about the benefits of cooking. “I thought health nuts were coo coo,” he said. “But I kind of see myself turning into one. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of the program.”Read More
After 40 years in the telecommunications field, Bill knows a thing or two about helping people. After retiring from Boeing, he started his volunteer career as a safety manager at Usful Glassworks. “I helped train people needing employment or getting them the skills they need.” Then, he heard about The Idaho Foodbank and has been here ever since.Read More
Finding a place to sleep is just one of the struggles facing the 2,000 homeless people in Idaho*. Healthy food is often just as elusive as safe shelter. Fortunately food pantries across the state provide a variety of food options for hungry Idahoans. Jonathan is one person who has benefited from the food pantry at […]Read More