November 23, 2018
Writer: Bryanna Willis
It’s Thanksgiving, a time for gathering and for
Adam Walker Eastern Idaho branch manager for the Eastern Idaho Food Banks and Jonna Boote Development Coordinator from the Eastern Idaho Food Bank
The Idaho Food Bank is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. They have three warehouse locations, one
Under the Pocatello
The Idaho food bank uses partner pantries to distribute the food that the Idaho food bank collects, the food bank has many different programs targeting different populations and needs
One program the Idaho Food Banks run is called the Backpack program.
“This program was set up to address the needs of school children who are food insecure on the weekends,” Walker said. “It’s essentially a prebuilt kit that is available to
The food bank also operates a program for
A major concern in Idaho is helping those who live in rural areas and might not have the means to get to a food bank, to target this problem they have a mobile pantry that will go to many different places.
“Right now we dispatch to 15 mobile pantry sites per month,” Walker said. “the thing about food insecurity is that it doesn’t really matter where it is located, it just exists, it geographically makes no difference.
When a family is living in a rural area it might even be harder for them since they might have to spend the money they would be
“food is often the first thing that is cut from the budget when there
The Idaho food bank has been around for a long time, and the numbers show just how much Idaho needs them.
In 1984 the Food Bank was started and in 1985 they distributed 255,000 pounds of food and in 2018 they are close to 19 million pounds of food. They serve 179,000 people monthly
1 in 8 Idahoans are food insecure and 1 in 6 children in Idaho are food insecure. Meaning they are not sure when their next meal will come from.
The Idaho food bank itself has changed much over the years, they used to mainly used canned or dry goods, but now they are fresh foods as well. With
The food bank offers cooking classes to help those who don’t make as much learn how to find and cook nutritious foods.
“Instead of just providing a
The Idaho Food Bank is audited as a top charity for 9 years because of how they use their money and resources. This means that any who wish to donate to the cause can know that their money is going directly to where they intend for it to go. To learn more about the Idaho food bank go to their website at idahofoodbank.org