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Idaho Food Bank Fund 2015 grant recipients announced

This year, the Idaho Food Bank awarded 35 non-profit organizations with grants to help fund projects working to solve hunger in Idaho.The projects range from expanding existing food storage or distribution capacities to providing nutrition education.

There are 13 winning non-profits in eastern Idaho, with three in Pocatello.

One of the winning non-profits is St. Vincent de Paul. When you go in its food pantry, it looks like they have enough fridge and freezer space. It certainly was enough, until more people started showing up asking for food.

“We used to serve maybe just 800 to 900 individuals,” said sister Maria David, director of social services at St. Vincent de Paul. “Now we’re up to 1,800 to almost 2,000 a week.”

The Idaho Food Bank is giving them $2,500 to get a new fridge and freezer, to maintain and store more food.

It’s a similar situation at the shelter Aid for Friends. While the two fridges in the kitchen work just fine, one in the pantry doesn’t even work. To replace it, the Idaho Food Bank is giving the shelter $2,139.

BJ Stensland, Aid for Friend’s executive director, said the need is big because the shelter’s at full capacity.

“It’s very important that we are able to have nutritious produce, dairy and meat so we can do leftovers,” she said. “We need that refrigerator to have that available to them.”

The Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho will be getting $500 to build space for better food storage. The organization works with many domestic violence cases, and in those situations economic abuse is very common.

Sarah O’Banion, the organization’s executive director, said a box of food can be a life changer.

She said, “For someone who has fled a domestic violence situation and is coming into an emergency shelter or just has the clothes on her back– to come in and be able to receive food is very valuable to them.”

All of the grants this year total up to $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

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