The Idaho Foodbank (IFB), an independent nonprofit organization for more than 25 years, has been working with a network of independent partner agencies to distribute free emergency food to individuals and families in need. This network of more than 200 partner agencies consists of emergency food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and programs that work together to relieve hunger in Idaho.
IFB, as well as being a statewide distribution system, provides important programs such as: The Backpack Program which supplies nutrition to school children who otherwise would go hungry over the weekend; Mobile Pantry, a program that provides emergency food to rural areas lacking emergency food services; The Grocery Alliance Program which partners with grocery stores and supermarkets to provide fresh nutritious food into the IFB network; The Idaho Community Gardens Program which coordinates direct connections between local community gardens and local emergency food pantries throughout the state. These programs serve an important role in filling the gaps for communities which lack resources for families and children.
Contributions made to IFB come from many sources such as individuals, grants, and corporate donations; it does not depend on government funding or subsidies. Food donations are accepted from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, community and corporate food drives, and through the national Feeding America network. Tax deductible cash donations are critically needed to underwrite the costs associated with acquiring, transporting, warehousing and distributing donated food.
The Idaho Foodbank is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization
comprised of a partner network of more than 200 hunger relief agencies
throughout the state of Idaho.