Local church hosts food drive with the help of BSU football players

Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:00:37-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Whitney United Methodist Church is hosting a two-day food drive for local non-profits and members of the Boise State football team showed up to help.

The church has put on a lunch every Saturday to feed the need,y but they were forced to stop doing that because of the coronavirus so they wanted to find another way to help.

“We have to do something, so we decided to collect food for St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army," said Johnna Dunten of the Whitney United Methodist Church. "We just need to make sure people get fed.”

On Wednesday the church collected donations for St. Vincent de Paul and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. they will do so for the Salvation Army.

But the leaders at the church got a big boost when several Boise State football players showed up to help.

"Having these guys here is terrific," said Dunten. " It’s also a good draw because people like to support the guys and we like to support them too, so having them here is a big plus for us.”

The players made signs, loaded the truck and collected food donations from people, it's their way of contributing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It’s definitely a crazy time we are living in right now," said Avery Williams a cornerback at BSU. "We just want to provide any help that we can give and at the same time represent this great city to give out a helping hand to those in need.”

There is a big need in our community as a record number of Idahoans have filed for unemployment so if you are looking for a way to give back the church is looking for any shelf stable food.