The Idaho Foodbank recognizes over 7 years of service by Wednesday Wonders

Posted at 6:53 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 12:11:01-05

BOISE — The Wednesday Wonders have volunteered at The Idaho Foodbank every week for over seven years. They are a group of men and women who spend some of their free time lending a helping hand.

"I've been blessed throughout the years with many things to be thankful for, and I would like to pay it back," said Diane Nishioka, a Wednesday Wonder.

The group met while volunteering individually at the foodbank over seven years ago. "There's a core group that has come together, and we go to lunch before the foodbank every week, and it has helped me form lifelong friendships," said Nishioka.

From filling backpacks with food to help get children in need through the weekend to senior boxes to supplement needs for additional nutrition, and everything in between, no good deed goes unnoticed at The Idaho Foodbank.

"We have more than 24,000 volunteers who come in over the course of a year, and they're donating more than 56,000 hours," said Karen Vauk, President of The Idaho Foodbank.

If you do the math, that adds up to 26 full-time employees that the foodbank doesn’t have to employ to help package meals for those who need it most.

"The staff here works really hard at putting their mind at ease that they're not here for a handout, they're here to get help," said Nishioka.

The Idaho Foodbank is always welcoming new volunteers. For more information on that, click here.