Idaho Foodbank Needs Your Boxes

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UPDATE: 11:41 p.m.—Way to go Boise Weekly readers for responding so quickly to the need for boxes at the Idaho Foodbank, but BW just got a note from Foodbank officials asking us to clarify that the agency needs flattened and bundled boxes, not necessarily individual boxes.

David Proctor said the Foodbank will still accept a few boxes if they are dropped off, but they may be better used at local food pantries. The main distribution site moves tons of food, and therefor needs bulk boxes. He's quick to thank BW's generous readers for their quick response and help.

ORIGINAL POST:
It's no secret that the shelves at the Idaho Foodbank have been running low as the need for food has continued to grow in recent years, but the Foodbank is facing a new and rather unexpected shortage—it needs empty boxes.

Cardboard boxes are used regularly not only to distribute food to those in need, but to help sort donations. The box shortage is making the Foodbank's already challenging job even more so.

The agency needs clean, unused or lightly used boxes that haven't held any toxic substances and that can hold up to 40 pounds. If you have, or know of boxes that could fill the need, contact Vicki Hall at vhall@idahofoodbank.org or call 208-577-2700.

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