"Make Hunger History"food drive at Old Idaho Penitentiary

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 18:12:28-04

BOISE, Idaho - — The Idaho State Historical Society hosted the “Making Hunger History” food drive at the Old Idaho Penitentiary this weekend. The food drive started on Friday and ended this afternoon.

The food drive was put on as part of the Idaho State Historical Society’s re-opening process and to help the Idaho Foodbank.

Idahoans were encouraged to bring at least five cans of food and $5, which allowed them access inside parts of the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

Historic site Administrator of the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Amber Beierle said this is the first time they have let people drive through the historic Sally Port that was built in 1931 to transport goods in and out of the prison.

“This is something that has not happened before,’ says Beierle. This was a unique way to re-open during the crisis.”

Beierle also said that they saw about 200 cars come and donate over the four days. They received over $1,600 and 1,000 cans of food. All the proceeds and donations will go to The Idaho Foodbank.

“We know the Idaho Foodbank can leverage that money, so everything that you give to them, they can stretch those dollars through other donors,” says Beierle. “We really can make hunger history in the Treasure Valley.”

For more information about the re-opening process of the Idaho State Historical Society, visit their website at