Help the Idaho Food Bank feed 2,300 seniors through the Great Idaho Food Drive

by BOISE, Idaho – CBS2 News Staff

Food insecurity is a major problem for people all across our state.

Medicine, food or paying bills. Every day, many seniors in Idaho have to decide where their money will go.

The numbers are staggering. The Idaho Food Bank provided more than 25,000 food boxes to seniors last year. It will be much higher this year.

Each food box had more than 30 pounds of food. Let’s put this a different way.

Almost 2,300 seniors rely on the Idaho Food Bank each month. Without that food, they may not be able to pay medical bills, keep the lights on paying their rent or mortgage.

The Idaho Food Bank says healthy food donations are critical for seniors as many have strict dietary needs.

We want to thank all of our partners.

You can drop off food at any Les Schwab, Bi-Mark or at the CBS2 studios in downtown Boise.

If you’d rather stay online but still want to help, you can help with a monetary donation HERE.

Every dollar you give pays for up to five meals for hungry people in our community.

Here are the items the Idaho Food Bank is looking for:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Fruits canned in juice or extra light syrup
  • 100% fruit and/ or vegetable juices
  • Tomato products and pasta sauces
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Regular or instant brown rice
  • Plain oats/oatmeal
  • Whole grain cereals with low sugar
  • Canola or other cooking oils
  • Whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Sugar
  • Canned or dried beans and peas
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Canned meats and fish (low sodium)
  • Canned meals(soup, stew, chili, etc.)
  • Peanut or other nut butters

These items must be boxed, canned, or dehydrated so they are shelf-stable.

  • Non-fat or low-fat milk
  • Milk alternatives (rice, soy, almond)
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Deodorant

Thank you for supporting the CBS2 Great Idaho Food Drive!