One in Seven Idahoans is Food Insecure

More than 230,000 Idahoans, including more than 75,000 children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. More than 1 in 6 Idaho children and about 1 in 7 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:
Idaho Foodbank Programs and Impact Reports

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:

Cooking Matters

Helping Out In The Kitchen

While other children seize dinnertime as an opportunity to watch TV and do homework, Cierah joins her mother in the kitchen. It’s an activity she plans to do even more this summer after graduating from her Cooking Matters Course.

A Mother Strives For A Healthy Future

It was April of 2017 when her daughter Emily was rushed from their home in the Magic Valley to the Salt Lake City hospital. They chose that hospital because that’s where Emily’s heart doctor works, helping her work back from a separate condition.

Avoiding The Impossible Decision

Many hungry seniors in Idaho are left with an impossible choice: purchase the healthy food they need to stay healthy or use that money to buy medicine. It’s a situation Millie G., a recipient of The Idaho Foodbank, has experienced.