Foodbank Wraps Up Picnic in the Park, Restarts Backpack Program


With Treasure Valley school kids heading back to class, the Idaho Foodbank is prepared to jumpstart its successful backpack program for another year. And the foodbank said late Friday that thanks to listeners of Mix 106 FM, the backpack program is sitting on some very firm shoulders.

The Idaho Foodbank provides weekend backpacks filled with food for nearly 2,000 children through the school year. School officials have identified the kids who could face two days without enough food if not for the backpack program.

The Mix 106 12-hour audiothon raised more than $71,000 and received commitments from 230 "backpack buddies"—people who pledged monthly support to the program.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Foodbank announced Friday that its Picnic in the Park program, which wrapped up Aug. 10, served nearly 53,000 meals this summer.

Redwood Park in West Boise was identified as the most-popular location over the summer, serving 5,844 lunches, followed by Ivywild Park with 5,823 lunches, and Winstead Park with 5,539 lunches.