Central Idaho Food Bank Closes Down


At a time when the need has never been greater, a lack of funding forced Idaho County to shutter its food bank on Aug. 31.

"I feel the dissolving of the food bank will really hurt people in this community, but the board decided there was no other way to continue," food bank manager Leta Akins told the Idaho County Free Press.

The nonprofit served more than 700 families per year, including distributions of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets. But officials said the food bank struggled for years to meet overhead costs of rent and utilities.

For now, Idaho County residents in need are being directed to the Camas Prairie Food Bank, which only opens one day per month.