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:
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:
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 […]
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 […]
Thanksgiving is a time when loved ones come together and communities rally in support of families in need. Recently, citizens of Nampa did their part to share the gift of giving with their neighbors. The week before Thanksgiving, over 100 families attended the Share the Day event in Nampa. They received haircuts, medical screenings, coats, […]
Health concerns on their own can be a scary and difficult time for anyone, but health concerns during pregnancy can be even more terrifying. When Socorro learned that she had gestational diabetes with her second child in 2016, that fear set in. She was left with one option: get healthy and save herself and her […]
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