On Monday, June 6th, The Idaho Foodbank was joined by representatives from the City of Boise, Idaho State Department of Education, CNCS – AmeriCorps VISTA, United States Department of Agriculture, Boise Parks and Recreation, Boise School District and Idaho Commission for Libraries in launching Picnic in the Park 2016. Monday through Friday, from June 6 to August 12, Picnic in the Park will provide nearly 52,000 free meals to food-insecure children one to 18 years of age living in the Boise-metro area.Read More
Meals Served from June to August
Summer Feeding Locations in the Boise-Metro area
Summer Feeding Days
Children Served over Summer
The Idaho Foodbank is a sponsor of USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that provides free summer meals to children ages 1-18. For children from families who are at or below poverty, the summer lunch program fills an important nutrition gap when school meals are not available. From June to August, five days a week, children in low-income neighborhoods enjoy a nourishing lunch and educational or physical activity at a convenient location such as a community park or their housing complex.
Hunger Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation
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.
When school is out for summer vacation, many children lose access to free and reduced meals they rely on during the school year. The Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park Program fills this nutritional gap for the summer.
The Idaho Foodbank partners with Literacy in the Park, Mobile Rec, and volunteers from the community to engage with the program participants to teach them the importance of a healthy meal, physical activity, and education.
2017 Locations and Activities