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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: To help feed, educate and advocate for Idaho's hungry through a network of community-based partners and to develop efficient solutions to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Results: In fiscal year 2011, through its network, the Foodbank distributed 11.4 million pounds of food or 9.5 million meals. This is an increase of 800,000 pounds or 8% from the previous year and 65% more than four years ago, but it is still not enough to meet the need we’re seeing. The Foodbank serves an average of 116,000 people per month. Working in partnership with Feeding America – the national network of more than 200 food banks – and with the national, regional and local food industry, The Idaho Foodbank’s mission is to help feed, educate and advocate for Idaho’s hungry through a network of community-based partners and to develop efficient solutions to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Programs: The Idaho Foodbank, established in 1984, is an independent nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization with warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello. It is the largest hunger relief organization and the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. Food distribution is made possible by generous donors, thousands of volunteers and a network of more than 200 nonprofit partners that receive food from the Foodbank’s warehouses and distribute it directly to people in need. Our partners include food pantries, senior centers, rescue missions, community kitchens and other feeding programs. The Foodbank also provides direct service through programs such as the Mobile Pantry, the Backpack Program, Picnic in the Park and School Pantry. It also offers Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, a national program that teaches low-income families how to get more food for their money and better nourishment from those foods.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Idaho Foodbank for over 15 years. They operate efficiently and with great heart.

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Rating: 5

"Community Member" is dead wrong. There is no charge to pantries to gain access to donated food. I was on the board of IFB for many years and seen how they have given panrtries access to food and taken food to communities that had no pantries. They have donated freezers and refigerators to pantries to increase their capacity to keep food fresh. The IFB has been in business for over 25 years. I can't imagine where Comm Member is getting their information.


Rating: 4

My wife and I went to the repack french fry event and it was great. People were nice and everything was well organized. We ha

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity doesn't actually feed the hungry - they are strictly a warehouse that stores and then charges nonprofit entities that deal directly with the hungry people for the food that is donated by the community. So when they say they have "fed the hungry" they have not..........they have simply taken the food that in the past has been directly to social service entities and pantries and now "store" it. This has hurt the social service entities as now they have to deal with the Idaho FoodBank to get their pantries filled in order to feed the hungry.



Rating: 5

This is a great organization that uses its donations very wisely and does a great job of feeding the hungry in Idaho. Everyone at the organization is very helpful and will do anything they can to help with food drives.