Programs That Make A Difference
In addition to distributing food through our community partner network, The Idaho Foodbank supports various hunger-relief and educational programs that promote healthy families and communities.
The Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack program ensures that students who are chronically hungry have access to adequate food over the weekend by providing them with a backpack full of nutritious, kid-friendly food every Friday during the school year.
School Pantries are a natural extension of the Backpack program . If children who receive weekend Backpacks are dealing with food insecurity, it makes sense that their siblings are, too. This program helps provide families with food through a pantry set up inside the school, where access is convenient for both students and family alike.
School’s out for the summer! No more classes, homework, or tests. However, for some students, when school is out, that means no more guaranteed meals.
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education program which empowers individuals and families with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.
The Mobile Pantry Program distributes dry and frozen food to underserved, usually rural, communities. This program helps populations that do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, food assistance.
The Idaho Foodbank is now working in collaboration with healthcare partners to make it easier for Idahoans who are food insecure and have health issues to get the food they need to promote better health.
AARP estimates that 52% of our more than 110,000 senior residents rely on Social Security for half of their family income.
The USDA purchases a wide selection of products for TEFAP distribution. While the exact products available from year to year may change, the emphasis is always on food choices that promote variety and proper nutrition.