The Idaho Foodbank has released an early estimate for the amount of food collected in the Boise area as part of this year's nationwide Stamp Our Hunger Food Drive, which took place May 14.
According to the organization, it collected 96,900 pounds of food in the 24th annual drive—the nation's largest one-day food drive, during which current and retired members of postal delivery unions, families, friends and other volunteers collect millions of pounds of food for those facing food insecurity.
In 2015, volunteers collected more than 217,000 pounds of food across eastern and southwestern Idaho—more than 100,000 pounds of which came from the Boise area. The Idaho Foodbank's estimate is preliminary and there are several donation locations where donations have not been counted. A more complete figure is expected next week.
Over the life of the Stamp Out Hunger program, which began in 1992, more than 1.2 billion pounds of food have been collected nationwide.
According to the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America, Idaho ranks 34th in the nation for child food insecurity at 19.3 percent, accounting for 83,110 children in the Gem State living in food-insecure households. Topping the list was Mississippi, which has 200,600 children living in food-insecure households, amounting to a child food insecurity rate of 27.4 percent.
The same study, which reflects data collected in 2014, ranks Ada County's total food insecurity rate at 14.2 percent, but its child food insecurity rate is 17.4 percent.