Idaho Food Bank

Join Us For National Hunger Action Month 2018

September is National Hunger Action Month, and the Boise Co-op and Idaho Food bank plan to take action! Hunger is an issue that affects every county in the state. Each day in Idaho one in six go hungry, including 92,000 of our state’s children, and are in need of assistance. 

We are proud to be partnering with the Idaho Food Bank and our Co-Owners, to sponsor this year’s National Hunger Action Month. For the month of September, the Boise Co-op will be matching all donations made at our registers up to a total of $2,500. Every dollar donated to Idaho Food Bank provides 5 meals to hungry people in Idaho. That means together we can provide 25,000 additional meals!

The Boise Co-op also works yearlong with partners of the Idaho Food Bank to diminish food waste. In our last fiscal year, we donated $326,000 worth of food, an average of $27,000 per month. The donated food goes to the Meridian Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, and the Corpus Christi House.

Idaho Food Bank will be in our stores throughout September. Be sure to stop by to learn more about them and the programs they provide.

 

Boise Co-op Volunteers to Help Feed Idahoans

Everyday The Idaho Foodbank Makes a Tangible Contribution to Our Community

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On Tuesday, July 30th, The Boise Co-op volunteered to help  repackage food at the Idaho Foodbank. Upon arrival, Christine Dwello, the Corporate and Community Relations Coordinator, gave us a tour of facility. The Idaho Foodbank started in 1984 as a co-op distributing 400,000 lbs of food. Today The Idaho Foodbank distributes 18 million lbs statewide from their three locations: Boise, Pocatello, and Lewiston and is the largest distributor of free food in the state of Idaho. The Boise warehouse is an enormous facility: 28,000 square feet capable of storing 100,000 lbs of food. Inside the warehouse there is also a huge walk in freezer frozen foods and cold storage for fresh produce.

The Idaho Foodbank’s mission is to feed, educate and advocate for Idaho’s hungry.There are 221,000 Idahoans struggling with hunger: that equates to 1 in 8 people in Idaho. Of that, there are 1 in 6 children (or 72,840) who go without 6 meals per week. 93% of the food is donated by producers, grocers such as the Boise Co-op, agriculture, meat industry, and other food banks. The food bank is able to provide five meals for every $1.00 donated. 

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    After our tour, everybody was ready to get to work. A local farmer generously donated thousands of pounds of white beans to the food bank. We were given the task to package the beans into 2 lb bags, label, and then box them up for the senior nutrition program. In the two hours we spent volunteering, our team repacked 2,924 lbs of dried white beans. This will provide 2,436 meals! 

    Volunteers help provide hunger relief with repacking and sorting of food, total statewide 53,599 hours and 21,220 volunteers. That is equivalent to 24 full time employees! Volunteering gives you a deeper connection to your local community. To learn more about volunteering with the Idaho Foodbank, click here.


    The Foodbank feeds 179,000 Idahoans monthly through their six Programs:

    • Backpack: 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.
    • Mobile Pantry and School Pantry: 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. 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.
    • Picnic in the Park: 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.
    • Cooking Matters: 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.
    • Health and Nutrition: Helping People Move From Hunger to Health Nutritious Food Growers, processors, manufacturers and grocery stores donate nutrient-dense foods essential for a healthy diet.
    • Senior Nutrition: AARP estimates that 52% of our more than 110,000 senior residents rely on Social Security for half of their family income. Unfortunately, almost one in four Idaho seniors depends on Social Security for 90% or more of their family income. It’s not surprising then that when you factor in out-of-pocket medical expenses, 15% of our older residents are living in poverty.

    Million Meals in March Kickoff

    Thank You Boise Co-op Shoppers for Helping with
    The Million Meals in March Kickoff!

    First Fridays at The Boise Co-op is always a hustling and bustling day for us. Each and every month, The Boise Co-op hosting a First Friday event! Shoppers join us for our biggest monthly store-wide sale! During this monthly event you’ll enjoy live local music, wine, beer and delicious tastings from our local vendors.

    The Boise Co-op in the North End helped kick off the Million Meals in March campaign. Donations of food and funds is always highest in the months of November and December. Unfortunately, the risk of hunger and food insecurity is not limited to the holidays. The Foodbank works with more than 400 community partners to raise awareness of the ongoing battle with hunger. For every dollar donated, The Idaho Foodbank produces five meals for hungry Idahoans. On March 2nd, the Co-ops’ North End shoppers helped make a difference. The Boise Co-op donated 3% of sales to The  Idaho Food Bank raising  $2,215. On behalf of the Idaho families The Idaho Foodbank serves, the donation will provide 11,075 meals.

    On behalf of The Boise Co-op and The Idahofood Bank we want to thank everyone for choosing to shop this First Friday! Without our customers, we wouldn’t be able to make our contributions.

    Learn more about the great work the Idaho Food Bank is doing at their website.

    Join Us For National Hunger Action Month

    September is National Hunger Action Month, and the Boise Co-op and Idaho Food bank plan to take action! Hunger is an issue that affects every county in the state. Each day in Idaho one in six, including 92,000 of our state’s children, go hungry and are in need of assistance. 

    We are proud to be partnering with the Idaho Food Bank and our Co-Owners, to sponsor this year’s National Hunger Action Month. For the month of September, the Boise Co-op will be matching all donations made in our stores, up to a total of $2,500. Every dollar donated to Idaho Food Bank provides four meals to hungry people in Idaho. That means together we can provide 20,000 additional meals!


    The Boise Co-op also works yearlong with partners of the Idaho Food Bank to diminish food waste. From May to July, our stores donated around an average of $36,000 worth of food a month. The donated food goes to the Meridian Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, and the Corpus Christi House.

    Idaho Food Bank will be in our stores throughout September. Be sure to stop by to learn more about them and the programs they provide.