Idaho Foodbank partners with Boise Centre, Idaho National Guard to provide food for kids

Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 12:50:08-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Foodbank is working with the Boise Centre and the Idaho National Guard to make special food boxes for kids in need. These students would typically get a package of food every week as part of the Foodbank's backpack program. The program provides food to students over the weekend during the school year.

Due to school closures, the Idaho Foodbank has adapted and expanded the program. Normally a student in the backpack program would receive a bag of no prep and easy to eat food every Friday. The bags contain two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and snacks to feed a child through the weekend. Now, the food boxes will contain the equivalent of five backpacks.

The new food boxes will be built by the Idaho National Guard and civilian volunteers. There will be 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners and 10 snacks. The goal is to build 1,300 food boxes for Treasure Valley kids and their families.

The Idaho Foodbank says none of this would be possible without the space and storage donated by the Boise Centre, which is also an Ada County disaster response location. The partnership will continue throughout the month of April.