Idaho Foodbank receives $90,000 grant from Walmart Foundation

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 16:01:38-04

The Idaho Foodbank has received a $90,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. This grant will support the Idaho Foodbank’s nutritional services programs, such as its Backpack, School Pantry, Picnic in the Park, and Cooking Matters programs.

“This grant from the Walmart Foundation will make a tremendous difference for Idahoans dealing with food insecurity,” said Idaho Foodbank CEO Karen Vauk. “We currently serve more than 160,000 people each month, and support like this really helps us best serve those needs in our state.”

Data from the national hunger organization Feeding America shows that more than 250,000 Idahoans are “food insecure”, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from, including a little over 21 percent of Idaho’s children.

"The Idaho Foodbank does a tremendous job serving families in our region, especially children," said Walmart market manager Tory Nichols. "As the largest grocer in the country, Walmart is uniquely positioned to help make an impact on hunger in our community. We are proud to support the work of the Idaho Foodbank and join with them in the fight against hunger."