Randy ShumwayFor many of us, the problem of hunger sounds like it belongs on another continent, but the reality is that thousands of Idahoans don’t have enough to eat and don’t know where their next meal will come from.

To mitigate food shortages, the Idaho Foodbank was established in 1984 and was up and running in 1985. Throughout its history, it has been run by volunteers and food recipients. The success of the Foodbank relies on over 200 partners and over 30,000 volunteer hours each year. Beginning in Boise and Lewiston, food distribution has since grown to reach more remote areas of the state and people who need it most.

In the last five years, the Idaho Foodbank has distributed 68 million pounds of food, and the Foodbank processed 93 percent of all donations directly to the programs and partners who help Idahoans escape the grasp of hunger and food insecurity. In addition, the Idaho Foodbank serves the community with programs such as Cooking Matters, Picnic in the Park, Mobile Pantry, School Pantry, Senior Nutrition, and others. With a strong economy and service-oriented population, the Foodbank works to ensure that no one in the state goes without food.