Idahoans help fight hunger in the Gem State

Posted at 7:02 PM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 21:03:41-04

The annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one day food drive in the United States. Letter carriers throughout the community distribute bags for people to put non-perishable food items out for them to pick up.

Volunteers sort those food items to be distributed around the Gem State.

"Do we have cans in there, non canned food," said Mark Jones, volunteer.

"It just feels like a good program to help with. I like the idea of it. We're helping out people that need a step up," said Jones.

Tori Matthies with The Idaho Foodbank says their goal is to get at least 240,000 pounds of food statewide.

She says this food drive is crucial because this time of year donations tend to dwindle.

“I see the clients and get to see the kids and for them to be excited to know that their going home with food. It’s hard for it not to pull at your heart strings and so I just love that we’re able to make an impact,” said Matthies.

It's all possible through generous donations and volunteers.

"I love seeing what we can do in just a short amount of time and how many people we can impact, it's amazing. You can touch the lives of so many people in a two hour, three hour volunteer shift," said Janella Haag, volunteer.

During the summer, several parks in Idaho gives free lunches to anyone under the age of 18. For information on that head to, Picnic in the Park

For more information on how to receive food or volunteer head to