Idaho Foodbank Relies on Upcoming Food Drive to Feed Thousands

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In the Treasure Valley, 86,610 people are considered "food insecure," meaning they don't know where their next meal will come from. For the whole state, more than 15 percent of Idahoans fall into that category, including nearly 100,000 children.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reported this morning that those staggering numbers led to the Idaho Foodbank's distribution of 14 million pounds of food in 2013. But the Foodbank couldn't do it all on its own. It relies heavily on the donations from the community, which pushes huge amounts of food its way during the winter and around the holidays. The bigger challenge for the Foodbank is the summertime.

So the Foodbank counts on 10 large-scale food drives throughout the year, including one coming up on April 23, called Drive, Drop and Donate. Drop-off locations for nonperishable food items like canned fruit, peanut butter and canned tuna, include the Idaho Press-Tribune, KBOI, Bronco Motors and RC Willey, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last year, the food drive collected 9,300 pounds of food and $9,560. The Foodbank told the Press-Tribune that it can provide three meals for every dollar donated. That's more than 36,000 meals, enough to feed 10 families of four for eight years.

In the fall of 2013, BW reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service released data finding one in seven households struggled with hunger from 2010 to 2012. Idaho ranked 24th in the nation for households unable to afford an adequate diet throughout the year.