Idaho Foodbank donation stocks Nampa school's food pantry

Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 12:46:52-04

It's heartwrenching to think about, but more than one in six Idaho children are food-insecure.
At Snake River Elementary in Nampa, a school pantry is helping combat hunger by providing food to students and their families.

"This is where families can come in, who are in need of some food assistance, and they've got some great product," said Karen Vauk, Idaho Foodbank President.

The school's Family Community Resource Center houses the pantry, and even provides other staples, such as clothing and shoes. 

A federal program, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), allows schools with high poverty rates to serve free meals to all students. 

Snake River Elementary is one of those schools.

"I worry...they're getting free breakfast and lunch here, but when we send them home over the weekend or over a long break, like spring break or Christmas break, that they don't have that resource," said Karla Reynolds, Snake River Elementary School Principal.

A big donation from the Idaho Foodbank on Friday, Sept. 22, replenished the pantry -- fully stocking the refrigerator.

"We were thrilled with the donation, and with the ability to send kids home over the weekend with fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt and muffins," Reynolds said. " it's a beautiful thing."