A Look Back on 2023
As we begin 2024, we want to take a moment to reflect on the last year. The Idaho Foodbank is grateful for the support we have received from around the state to help our neighbors who are food insecure. In the new year we will continue to work together to lift up our neighbors and support community health all year long. Here are a few highlights from the last year:
- In the spring, we hosted in-person conferences in Lewiston and Pocatello for our partner network. This was an opportunity for hunger relief volunteers, staff, and advocates to learn more about topics such as nutrition and the social determinants of health and available resources to help our neighbors, including the 988 Crisis and Suicide Hotline and findhelp.org. It was also a way to learn from each other and how we can improve our work to address food insecurity in Idaho.
- This was the 25th year of A Chefs’ Affaire, The Idaho Foodbank’s premiere fundraising event. We were excited to receive a generous legacy gift to address food insecurity from Craig and Linn Dee Stein. The Idaho Foodbank branch in Lewiston had their 3rd annual A Chefs’ Affaire at the LC State Campus. These events are a way to celebrate talented chefs in Boise and Lewiston, while supporting our mission.
- In October, Karen Vauk, The Idaho Foodbank President and CEO, retired after 14 years with the organization. Randy Ford is The Idaho Foodbank’s current President and CEO, taking on this role after nearly 3 years as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.