The mission of the Idaho Foodbank’s School Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in Idaho by providing food to children and their families through convenient, easily accessible pantries in a school environment in which students and families feel safe and comfortable. Together with the Backpack Program, the School Pantry Program creates a more comprehensive solution to the problem of food insecurity, ensuring access to supplemental food for all family members, not just for the children who attend school.
The Idaho Foodbank piloted the School Pantry Program during the 2010-2011 school year with three sites in Boise and one in Pocatello. Today, we have 19 school pantries operating across the state. During school year 2012-2013, we distributed 105,064 pounds of food to 1,432 families.
The vision of the School Pantry Program is to provide families with direct access to emergency food; to lessen the stress of food insecurity; to help establish strong, trusting relationships with school staff; and to strengthen feelings of safety and comfort at the school. Children will come to school well-nourished, ready and able to learn. In addition, the program ensures that all members of the family have access to nutritious food, improving the quality of life for families in need.
Current Participating Schools
Capital High – Boise
Frank Church High – Boise
Grace Jordan Elementary – Boise
Morley Nelson Elementary – Boise
Pierce Park Elementary – Boise
Central Canyon Elementary – Caldwell
Fort Hall Elementary – Fort Hall
Horizon Elementary – Jerome
Kamiah Elementary – Kamiah
Lapwai Schools – Lapwai
Lewiston High – Lewiston
Murtaugh Elementary – Murtaugh
Centennial Elementary – Nampa
Central Elementary – Nampa
Notus Elementary – Notus
Lewis & Clark Elementary – Pocatello
Roberts Elementary – Roberts
Oregon Trail Elementary – Twin Falls
Pioneer Elementary – Weiser
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.