Tackle Hunger event benefits the Idaho Foodbank

Posted at 6:54 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 08:54:38-05

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons teamed with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to host a "Tackle Hunger" event on Monday at Bishop Kelly High School. Players from the University of Nevada and Ohio University football teams competed to assemble as many meals as possible in 90 minutes. The goal is to provide over 60,000 balanced meals to people living with hunger in Idaho.

"You know I think most football programs around the country love the idea of giving back to the community. and so this is what they're doing they come to Boise they spend for five days here and they get involved in an event where they can actually leave something in the community when they're gone," said Kevin McDonald, executive director of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Grower Shippers Association and the Agri Beef Co. donated an extra 21,000 meals to the cause. The meals include red lentil jambalaya, mashed potatoes and beef and will go to communities throughout Idaho to feed those who struggle with hunger.

In 2018, the competition produced more than 61,000 meals that the Idaho Foodbank distributed to working families, children and seniors.