Volunteers help stuff Foodbank backpacks

Posted at 2:28 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 16:41:43-05

Over one-hundred volunteers turned out Monday at the Idaho Foodbank in Boise to help out with the “National Day of Service.”

The volunteers -– from local companies, churches and civic groups -– helped pack food items into backpacks, which will then be distributed to some 200 schools throughout Idaho.

The Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack program ensures that students who are chronically hungry have access to adequate food over a weekend by providing them with a backpack full of nutritious, kid-friendly food.

“Each backpack contains food items for two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners -- along with two snacks,” said Idaho Foodbank spokesperson Mike Sharp. “Enough to get one child through the weekend.”

Two shifts of volunteers turned out at the Foodbank in Boise Monday. The first shift stuffed 2,200 backpacks. “We hope to stuff 4,000 backpacks by the end of the day,” Sharp said.