Drive Drop & Donate: 'Hunger is a year-round issue'

Drive Drop & Donate: 'Hunger is a year-round issue'
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Since 1984 the Idaho Foodbank has been providing a vital service to the community, bringing food to those who need it, and now they are hoping you can help restock their shelves.

"This is the time of year where we always see a decline in the donations, but hunger is a year-round issue and so we have as many families today needing support of the free emergency food as we do all year long," says Karen Vauk, Idaho Foodbank president and CEO.

The foodbank sends out more than a million pounds of food every month, that equates to about 9 million meals. This is a critical source of nutrition to the one in six Idahoans who are food insecure, which means they do not have reliable access to the food they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

"We are seeing signs of economic improvement and that is fabulous," Vauk said. "We want to see those improvements, but still we have people who are kind of climbing back out of that poverty situation or those struggling times and that is going to take us a couple of years going forward to see them come back to a position where they aren't food insecure."

The foodbank serves as a giant distribution center, sending nutrients and energy to people all across the state through senior centers, church pantries and community centers.

You have the chance to help them in this effort through Drive Drop and Donate, and you don't even have to get out of your car.

Drive, Drop and Donate will take place this Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Including the KBOI Channel 2 parking lot.

There are a number of locations where you can drop off food and monetary donations.