"Independence from Hunger" campaign continues through July, stocks local food pantry

BOISE, Idaho - The Salvation Army is partnering with Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in Boise to help fight hunger in the Treasure Valley.

To highlight the need for donations, a family day was held Saturday complete with hot dogs, a bouncy house and free balloons.

The "Independence from Hunger" food drive comes at a time when food pantry shelves are starting to run low.

Grocery Outlet has pre-packaged bags of their most needed food items available for five dollars. With each purchase, customers will receive a $5 coupon toward their next visit.

Grocery Outlet says if they raise $1,000 during the campaign, they will match the amount in a donation to the Salvation Army.

Organizers of the food drive say it's fulfilling to watch their hard work help make a difference.

"When we come in and we bring the bags of food and just literally watching it fill back up and knowing that they're going to service about 200 families that week," said Amanda Steele, the owner of Grocery Outlet. "It just makes a huge difference in peoples lives so I think that's the feel good of it all it's touching lives and making everyone better by the touch."

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