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:
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
It’s hard enough to maintain health when living on the streets as a homeless adult, but for Christine, that struggle got even more difficult when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer — her second cancer diagnosis. “It hit me hard,” said Christine. “I see a difference in my health when I eat […]Read More
Spring is a time food, money and time donations can often drop off as the weather gets nicer. That’s why The Idaho Foodbank works with community partners to help raise funds to feed hungry Idahoans. One of those partners is Idaho Central Credit Union, who recently hosted the second annual radio-a-thon in its Pocatello headquarters […]Read More
Of the 230,000 food-insecure Idahoans, many have to make difficult decisions regarding their health. Sometimes paying for food means skipping medication, and vice versa. These impossible choices are all too familiar for Marty, a food box recipient of The Idaho Foodbank. “I was hurt when I was 56-years-old,” she said. “I became disabled and lost […]Read More
Months ago, some unexpected visitors showed up to Jean’s front door. They weren’t unwelcome visitors, but their presence threw a wrench into the future plans of the recently retired Boise woman and her husband. Those visitors – her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren – had come from California, unable to afford rising costs. “When I […]Read More