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Food Banks that serve Idaho

Food banks serve large areas and will be able to find a feeding program in your local community. In Idaho, the face of hunger is a stark reality for 156,640 individuals, with 40,410 of them being children. This means that 1 in 12 people and 1 in 12 children in Idaho are grappling with food insecurity, lacking reliable access to nutritious meals. The pressing need for food assistance is evident, with these individuals estimated to require an additional $104,775,000 annually to fulfill their basic food needs. The cost of a meal in Idaho, averaging $3.79, further underscores the challenges faced by those experiencing hunger, according to data from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study. In response to this crisis, vital resources such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offer temporary assistance, ensuring that individuals facing hardships can afford essential groceries. However, charitable programs and community initiatives like food banks and pantries play a crucial role in bridging the meal gap and providing immediate relief to those in need.

Amidst the alarming statistics, collaborative efforts and community support remain essential in addressing food insecurity in Idaho. The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force (IHRTF) and local initiatives such as the First Baptist Church Food Distribution Center and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry offer crucial assistance to individuals and families facing hunger. These organizations, alongside government programs like SNAP and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), provide a lifeline for vulnerable communities. Additionally, public awareness and support are vital in combating food insecurity. As highlighted by Feeding America's report, nearly one in eight Idaho children experiences food insecurity, emphasizing the urgency of collective action. By supporting local food banks, participating in food drives, and advocating for policies that address root causes of hunger, individuals can make a tangible difference in the lives of their fellow Idahoans, ensuring that no one goes hungry in the Gem State.


The Idaho Foodbank

3630 E Commercial Ct., Meridian, ID 83642

208.336.9643 idahofoodbank.org

Counties Served

Ada, Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, Washington

Second Harvest Inland Northwest

1234 E. Front Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202

509.534.6678 2-harvest.org

Counties Served

Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, Yakima