Idaho Food Bank Fund grants nearly $89,000 to 34 hunger relief organizations

The Idaho Food Bank Fund is distributing grants to 34 organizations working to solve hunger in Idaho and in your region. The grants total $88,800 in 2016, enabling recipients to further their missions in hunger relief.

Organizations from all over the state were among the 34 organizations selected to receive a grant this year, from the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries (receiving $4,937 for food programs for Low-Income and homeless Individuals and families) to the West Bonner County Food Bank in Priest River (receiving $4,000 to help add storage space), all the way to the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission (receiving $3,500 for a kitchen upgrade).

The Idaho Food Bank Fund was established by the 2009 Legislature as a cooperative effort between three well-respected statewide Idaho nonprofit organizations: The Idaho Foodbank, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, and Catholic Charities of Idaho. The donation opportunity has been on the Idaho State Income Tax Form 40 since 2009 allowing taxpayers to designate a donation to the Fund.

The Fund accepted grant applications from any Idaho nonprofit that provides hunger relief. The Fund supports projects that expand existing food storage or distribution capacities, provide nutrition education, or otherwise increase support services related to hunger relief in Idaho.

The generous donations from Idaho’s taxpayers allowed the Fund’s Executive Committee to distribute $88,800 this year. In recent years the funds distributed were $90,000 in 2015 and $110,496 in 2014.

Qualified applicants for the grants must be 501(c) (3) organizations but are not required to have any connection with Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, Catholic Charities of Idaho or The Idaho Foodbank.

For more information about the grants email <a href=”mailto:grants@idahofoodbank.org”>grants@idahofoodbank.org</a>. To learn more about the fund and view the public service announcement go to <a href=”http://idahofoodbankfund.org/”>http://idahofoodbankfund.org/</a>.

Nonprofit Grants Application Period Starts July 1

Whether it’s an expansion of programs, new equipment, or ongoing costs, organizations helping solve hunger all over Idaho are often short on funds. The Idaho Food Bank Fund is responding once again, with a plan to distribute $88,800 to hunger-relief organizations, thanks to the generosity of Idaho taxpayers who chose to donate on their tax forms.

Starting on July 1st and running through August 1, any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Idaho with services aimed at hunger relief can apply for a grant to help support programs and services, food purchase, equipment, or capital purchases that are intended to reduce hunger. In 2015, 35 grants were awarded around the state.

In 2016, the effort is continuing, with a goal of awarding a total of $88,800 in grants to Idaho nonprofit organizations. The grants will be in amounts up to $5,000.

The Idaho Foodbank, Catholic Charities of Idaho and the Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho work together to grant and administer the awards; applicants are not required to be associated with these organizations to apply or receive funding.

 

2015 Grant Recipients

Idaho Food Bank Fund 2015 grant recipients:

All of the grants last year totalled $90,000. Here’s the complete list of organizations that received grants:

Region 1

Post Falls Food Bank / Post Falls, ID / Project: Weekend Nutrition Backpack Program

Region 2

Camas Prarie Food Bank, Inc. / Grangeville, ID / Project: Transportation for Food

Nezperce Food Pantry / Nezperce, ID / Project: Expansion and Fresh Foods Program

Salmon River Senior Citizens, Inc. / Riggins, ID / Project: Food Bank Building Project

Trinity Moscow Food Pantry / Moscow, ID / Project: Refrigerator Upgrade

Region 3

Cambridge-Midvale Senior Center / Cambridge, ID / Project: Pantry Freezer

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry / Council, ID / Project: Insulation and Heat

Middleton Foodbank / Middleton, ID / Project: Facility Improvements

New Meadows Food Bank / New Meadows, ID / Project: Refrigeration Upgrade

Parma Senior Center / Parma, ID / Project: Lifting Senior Nutrition

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Nampa / Nampa, ID / Project: Freezer Replacements

The Salvation Army / Caldwell, ID / Project: Food Pantry

Region 4

Cascade Food Pantry / Cascade, ID / Project: Deeper and Wider

Life’s Kitchen, Inc. / Boise, ID / Project: Hunger Relief Equipment Upgrade

Star Outreach / Star, ID / Project: Fixed Asset – Computer, Printer & Back-Up Disk Drive

Region 5

Crisis Center of Magic Valley / Twin Falls, ID / Project: Survivors Kitchen

Helping Hearts & Hands, Inc. / Gooding, ID / Project: Funds for Food

Jerome Senior Center / Jerome, ID / Project: Senior Congregate and Home Delivered Nutrition

Jubilee House, Inc. / Twin Falls, ID / Project: Basic Needs

Safe Harbor / Twin Falls, ID / Project: Safe Harbor Saturday Soup Kitchen

Twin Falls Senior Center / Twin Falls, ID / Project: Kitchen Equipment for Meal Program

Wendell Food Bank / Wendell, ID / Project: Refrigeration/Freezer

Region 6

Aberdeen Senior Citizen Center of Bingham Co. / Aberdeen, ID / Project: Painting Roof of Van and Home Delivered Meals

Aid for Friends / Pocatello, ID / Project: Food Storage at Emergency Shelter

Bingham County Senior Citizen’s Center / Blackfoot, ID / Project: Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry

Bingham Crisis Center / Blackfoot, ID / Project: BCC Food Bank

Blackfoot Community Center / Blackfoot, ID / Project: Helping Kids Grow

Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho / Pocatello, ID / Project: Improving the Lives of Families Affected by Violence

St. Vincent de Paul / Pocatello, ID / Project: St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

Region 7

Idaho Falls Senior Center / Idaho Falls, ID / Project: New Refrigerator & Ice Chests

Rigby Senior Center / Rigby, ID / Project: Meals on Wheels

Salmon Assembly of God / Salmon, ID / Project: Refrigeration, Wiring & Fridge Room Ventilation

St. Vincent de Paul / Idaho Falls, ID / Project: Food Pantry

Teton Valley Food Pantry / Driggs, ID / Project: Upright Freezers Replacement

Upper Valley Bible Church Food Pantry / St. Anthony, ID / Project: Refrigerator