Last year, Second Harvest distributed more than 30million pounds of food to a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers. These partner programs currently feed more than 55,000 people a week in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Second Harvest is able to direct almost 99 percent of all donations, including in-kind gifts, toward collecting, transporting, warehousing and distributing food for people in need. We value all who have joined us in the fight against hunger in the region.
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Topics/activities covered include:
Interactive Grocery Store Tours
Hands-On Cooking Courses
Cooking Matters Programming Online for Professionals
Satellite Programs available
Administered in Idaho by The Idaho Foodbank and Jannus
**See Idaho Foodbank page in the Partnership Directory for more IFB programs**
Brought to you by University of Idaho Extension in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Eat Smart Idaho helps adults and families learn the basics of
quick meal preparation
management of limited grocery dollars
increased levels of physical activity
About 30 nutrition advisors teach classes for adults and youth in 39 Idaho counties. Classes are taught at emergency food sites, food stamp offices, adult rehabilitation centers, public housing sites and schools with high numbers of free and reduced lunch participants.
When they’re not responding to homeowners’ queries, Idaho Master Gardeners are:
- operating plant diagnostics clinics in county Extension offices or at local farmers markets
- installing water-efficient landscapes at public sites
- beautifying hospitals and senior centers
- organizing community vegetable gardens and Plant-a-Row efforts
- instructing garden center clients and garden club members
- leading 4-H clubs, after-school programs, and Junior Master Gardener classes
- bringing horticultural know-how to their communities in many other gratifying way.
Offered through U of I Extension offices in 42 counties.
The mission of the Idaho National Guard is to protect, preserve and defend the lives, property and individual liberties of the citizens of Idaho and the United States, and to support and defend the constitutions of the State of Idaho and United States of America and the democratic traditions and institutions they embody.
Panhandle Health District provides over 40 different public health programs to families, individuals and organizations in northern Idaho. From food and drinking water safety to health education and disease control, public health services are critical to ensure our community is a safe and healthy place to live, work and play.
The PHD team is made up of nurses, nutritionists, environmental health specialists, health educators and many other dedicated professionals with a common goal to deliver vital public health services.
The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest food bank and distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, the Foodbank distributes food for millions of meals each year through a network of over 400 community-based partners across the state.
The Idaho Foodbanks Backpack program ensures that students who are chronically hungry have access to adequate food over the weekend by providing them with a backpack full of nutritious, kid-friendly food every Friday during the school year.
School Pantries are a natural extension of the Backpack program . If children who receive weekend Backpacks are dealing with food insecurity, it makes sense that their siblings are, too. This program helps provide families with food through a pantry set up inside the school, where access is convenient for both students and family alike.
Picnic in the Park
Schools out for the summer! No more classes, homework, or tests. However, for some students, when school is out, that means no more guaranteed meals.
The Mobile Pantry Program distributes dry and frozen food to underserved, usually rural, communities. This program helps populations that do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, food assistance.
The Idaho Foodbank is now working in collaboration with healthcare partners to make it easier for Idahoans who are food insecure and have health issues to get the food they need to promote better health.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The USDA purchases a wide selection of products for TEFAP distribution. While the exact products available from year to year may change, the emphasis is always on food choices that promote variety and proper nutrition.
The Y is committed to strengthening communities. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to have the Y experience. Our Financial Assistance program makes this possible.
4-H programs are in every Idaho county. Youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate. Participation is the key in 4-H. The more you do, the more you will get out of it and the more friends you will make.
4-H Afterschool works in over half of Idaho counties. It has put 4-H tested educational materials into Idaho schools and community centers since 1990.
The programs are run by staff and trained volunteers. Topics vary, but can include:
science and technology
visual, cultural and theater arts
health and physical activity
4-H gives custom training to staff and volunteers at each site. 4-H curricula are age-appropriate and kid-tested.