The Treasure Valley is home to many fantastic causes. The Mike Brown Group enjoys serving organizations that help foster the community in which we reside. Recently, members of the Mike Brown Group volunteered at the Idaho Foodbank, which provides food assistance to residents of the community who need it. The Foodbank doesn’t have any requirements or income qualifications to use the free food assistance services it provides. No questions asked to take advantage of their services.
At the Idaho Foodbank, the team put together backpacks and other boxes of donated food items to be distributed via the Foodbank’s many distribution partners. Their partners include churches, pantries, and other community organizations. Some of the organizations, like the Boise Rescue Mission, take the provided food and transform it into delicious meals for their patrons.
The Foodbank provides hunger relief to thousands of Idahoans thanks to the support of its many dedicated volunteers, who not only help sort and repackage donated food but also assist with their programs. Carlyn Blake, Development Manager for the Idaho Foodbank, said that “over 26,000 hours of volunteerism were used in 2019, the equivalent of 30 full-time employees.” She said that “the Foodbank couldn’t do what it does without the help of the volunteers.”
The Foodbank’s website also touts four benefits of volunteering:
Better Health – Volunteers say that they feel better physically, mentally and emotionally
Less Stress – Helps people manage and lower stress levels
Purpose – People feel a deeper connection to communities and others.
Engaged – Volunteers are more informed and involved in taking care of their health
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According to the Foodbank, every one-dollar donation can provide five meals for hungry Idahoans. Additionally, 94% of all donations to the Foodbank go directly to the programs that serve area residents. With one in eight Idahoans facing food insecurity, your contribution helps serve more than 179,000 people every month.
Continuing the conversation with Carlyn Blake, she said that the organization “is the largest distributor of free food through its 400 statewide pantry partners. In 2019, the Foodbank distributed over 20 million pounds of food.”
Ms. Blake talked about another signature program called “Cooking Matters” that the Foodbank provides. It’s a six-week program that teaches people how to cook and maximize what they buy from the store. For instance, purchasing and butchering a whole chicken as opposed to just buying the breasts. She also stressed the importance of shopping the perimeter of grocery stores as more healthy food options reside there.
The Idaho Foodbank strengthens the community through its partnerships with healthcare and other organizations. For instance, when it visits a city with its mobile pantry, it invites healthcare partners to provide free health screenings and services for residents. It gives people the services they need in one location.
The Mike Brown Group regularly donates time and resources to a variety of Idaho organizations. We believe that it’s crucial to help organizations that foster the Treasure Valley community and beyond. We encourage you to get involved and give back to this great community. To learn more about the Idaho Foodbank, donate, or volunteer, you can visit https://idahofoodbank.org/. To learn more about the Mike Brown Group’s community involvement endeavors, you can click here.