THE IDAHO FOODBANK a fresh approach capital campaign
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Taking A Fresh Approach to hunger will help more Idahoans benefit from
a greater variety of healthy and nutritious food. The Idaho Foodbank must modernize its facilities and fleet to capture Idahoâ€™s abundance of
food and generosity, and deliver more fresh food more frequently to more people in more communities across Idaho.
THE NEED who is hungry? Hunger disrupts lives in many ways. It
can happen to individuals, families or seniors. It can be short-lived or prolonged. Many hungry Idahoans must make the hard choice between food and rent, medicine, or gas. Such
choices are the daily reality for 1 out of every 6 people in Idaho, affecting nearly 100,000 children.
unresolved hunger deprives idahoans of the chance to live a healthy, active and meaningful life. why hunger matters. Hunger is often invisible. Yet, its
effects are very real. Children with empty stomachs and
families with empty shelves face a higher risk of stress, developmental delays, and other health problems.
HUNGER AFFECTS 1 OUT OF EVERY 6 PEOPLE IN IDAHO,
INCLUDING NEARLY 100,000
THE HELP the idaho foodbank is the largest distributor of free food
in the state, and has been providing hunger relief for 30 years.
Warehouses in Boise, Pocatello and Lewiston distribute
enough food for more than one million meals every month.
the idaho foodbank is not a government funded orgnanization. it relies on the donations from individuals, organizations and foundations to support its mission. Most of this food is delivered through a network of
community partners working to relieve hunger. The Foodbank also offers programs that directly assist Idahoans struggling to find their next meal.
THE IDAHO FOODBANK IS THE
LARGEST DISTRIBUTOR OF lewiston
IN THE STATE
THE OPPORTUNITY idaho is a state of great bounty and generosity. Each year,
Idaho growers and manufacturers donate beans, onions, potatoes, wheat, barley, lentils, beef, dairy products and more.
Thousands of volunteers donate their time to help feed their neighbors in need.
in 2013, idahoans volunteered more than 50,000 hours with the idaho foodbank. the stateâ€™s abundance presents an opportunity. The
Foodbank envisions a future where every Idaho child has
enough nutritious food to develop a strong mind and body, where meal time is not a time of stress and worry â€“ where
those who struggle with hardship can recover with dignity. Such a future is possible when growers, producers, businesses,
pantries, and caring individuals join together to end hunger in Idaho.
THE CHALLENGE providing reliable access to nutritious food is a priority for the Foodbank. Great progress has been made toward
realizing this vision, but more work is needed. The demand for food is increasing, and most of this increase is from
families with children and individuals seeking assistance for
the first time. To meet the nutritional needs of Idahoans, the Foodbank must get more food into more communities with a greater variety of fresh and packaged foods.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE FOODBANKâ€™S CURRENT FACILITIES LIMIT JUST HOW MUCH IT CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED: Warehouses, coolers and freezers are at capacity, limiting the variety and amount of food it can accept, store, and distribute.
Staff members are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but productivity is restricted by limited work-space.
Drivers work efficiently to pick up and deliver more than a million
pounds of food each month, but the current fleet of vehicles is stretched to its limit across 75,000 square miles.
IDAHO RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION FOR VOLUNTEERING
THE GOAL more idahoans will benefit from a greater variety of healthy
and nutritious food with modernized Foodbank facilities. The Foodbank and its partners will be better equipped to capture Idaho’s abundance of food and generosity, and deliver
more fresh food more frequently to more people in more communities across Idaho.
A FRESH APPROACH taking a “fresh approach” to hunger will allow the
Foodbank to receive and deliver fresher and more nutritious food to your neighbors in need.
MORE FRESH FOOD MORE FREQUENTLY
MORE PEOPLE MORE COMMUNITIES
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we commit to deliver fresher and more nutritious food to your neighbors in need. â€œThe Berry Ranch grows nutritious, delicious produce, some of which, given Nampa Idaho
conditions, has cosmetic flaws. We would much
rather add it to our regular donations, but the Idaho Foodbank needs more refrigerated storage and transportation to receive and deliver it." â€“ Fred & Mary Schreffler
LEWISTON RELOCATE WAREHOUSE TO A LARGER, BETTER-EQUIPPED FACILITY IN 2015 Increased dry, cold and freezer space is necessary to accept, safely store and quickly redistribute more perishable foods throughout north central Idaho. The current facility cannot be remodeled to meet the new 2015 food safety and security standards, which is an essential part of the construction project plan. Loading docks with bays to accommodate commercial trucks and trailers will allow the Foodbank to accept larger food donations more often, and efficiently redistribute larger volumes. Improved loading docks and distribution access will allow the Foodbankâ€™s partners to obtain and transfer food more proficiently and quickly. Replacing an aging fleet with refrigerated vehicles will allow for the safe distribution of more perishable foods through regional Mobile Pantries, serving rural Idaho families. Updated telecommunications and digital connectivity will increase staff productivity and improve communication. Current bandwidth does not allow for multiple uses of the phone lines and causes numerous system interruptions. Additional workspaces are needed to accommodate AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America), nutrition services program staff, and volunteers. A defined Volunteer Activity Area will provide increased community engagement opportunities, and ensure adherence to food safety guidelines.
POCATELLO EXPAND WAREHOUSE FREEZER AND COOLER CAPACITY BY 2016 Increased and improved dry, cold and freezer space is needed to accept, safely store and quickly redistribute more perishable food throughout eastern Idaho. Remodeling the current facility freezer and cooler space is required to meet the new 2015 food safety and security standards, which is an integral part of the construction project plan. Adjusted dry food storage configurations and increased shelving will maximize space capabilities and allow this warehouse to receive more perishable foods and products offered by manufacturers and agribusiness donorsâ€”which may be declined due to lack of safe storage capacity. Reconfiguration of the Volunteer Activity Area will provide increased community engagement opportunities and ensure adherence to food safety guidelines. Renovated workspaces will improve productivity and more efficiently accommodate AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) and nutrition services program staff.
BOISE EXPAND WAREHOUSE CAPACITY AND OFFICES BY 2017 Increased and improved dry, cold and freezer space is needed to accept, safely store and quickly redistribute more perishable food throughout Idaho, including southwestern counties. Adjusted dry food storage configurations and increased shelving will maximize space capabilities, and allow this warehouse to efficiently receive more perishable foods and products offered by manufacturers and agribusiness donorsâ€”which may be declined due to lack of safe storage capacity. Renovated workspaces will improve productivity and more efficiently accommodate the increased number of AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America). Reconfiguration of the Volunteer Activity Area will provide increased community engagement opportunities, and ensure adherence to food safety guidelines.
MAGIC VALLEY ESTABLISH A WAREHOUSE OR TRANSPORTATION HUB BY 2017 Establishing an Idaho Foodbank hub or cross-dock in the region will improve redistribution efficiencies in southern Idaho and between Foodbank branches. Currently, geographic gaps in this part of the state create logistical challenges for the Foodbank’s distribution system. Improved capacity to accept, safely store and quickly redistribute nonperishable foods in this region will allow the Foodbank to efficiently receive more perishable foods and products offered by manufacturers and agribusiness donors—which may be declined due to lack of transportation and local capacity options.
IDAHO PURCHASE REFRIGERATED TRUCKS AND TRAILERS Safely and efficiently transporting larger volumes of food, especially perishables, throughout a 75,000 square mile service area requires expansion of the Foodbank’s transportation fleet. Replacement of aging vehicles in the existing fleet will reduce repair costs and the need to rent vehicles or hire third-party transportation. A statewide Foodbank vehicle fleet will allow for increased long-haul and short-haul capabilities, increasing the volume of food to reach more communities and families, more efficiently and quickly.
Serena and her family received help from The Idaho Foodbank after medical issues left her and her husband, a civilian military employee, deeply in debt.
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“i just want people to know the idaho foodbank is there for everybody, and how grateful i am.” – Serena
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