Wholesome Food, and Hope, on the Go!
In early 2009, The Hunger Coalition initiated the Mobile Food Bank Program - an innovative response to the growing level of need across Blaine County. Through centrally-located distributions 3 times a week across the Wood River Valley, local families and individuals experiencing hunger can receive vital food assistance with greater ease and affordability. Weekly Schedule Here
2011 Mobile Food Bank Program Statistics:
- In 2011, we distributed nearly 150,000 meals to the hungry in our community solely through the Mobile Food Bank.
- 45% of our food assistance clients are children under the age of 18.
- Approximately 140,000 pounds of fresh & non-perishable foods were distributed in 2011.
- On average, 210 hungry individuals attended a Mobile Food Bank every week, an increase of 24 people weekly from the prior year.
- The people of Blaine County donated 132,735 pounds of food to help their neighbors and fellow community members.
Volunteering at the Mobile Food Bank has opened my eyes to the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community. Although the poverty and hunger they experience are real, so is the help that the Hunger Coalition provides. ~ Alice, MFB Volunteer
How The Mobile Food Bank Works ~ The Mobile Food Bank van is loaded with dry/canned goods, fresh produce and other perishable items, and frozen foods by volunteers at our Food Bank Warehouse in Bellevue and driven to the appointed MFB location. Volunteers set up a “receiving line” where clients select a pre-determined quantity of food items. Personal choice and a welcoming atmosphere are important elements of every Mobile Food Bank distribution. Clients take home approximately one week’s worth of groceries with which to keep their families and themselves healthy and nourished.
Where the Food Comes From ~ Your donations of both food and cash gifts are essential. We have established purchasing partnerships with The Idaho FoodBank and local grocers to leverage the buying power of every donor dollar. Local grocers, local growers, and The Hope Garden account for the welcome fresh produce we are able to distribute. We rely on the support and generosity of our community to keep local families from experiencing chronic hunger.
How To Receive Help ~ It starts with a phone call or a visit to a Mobile Food Bank distribution. Make an appointment with our Client Resource Manager, Sharon Dohse, by calling 788-0121 and begin the process of making things more manageable. Clients receive a Food Card appropriate for the number of people in their family and level of need. Additional resources and guidance are available.
Para Participar en Nuestro Banco de Comida Mobil:
Comunicate con Sharon Dohse at 788-0121 para hacer una cita y recibir una tarjeta para recibir alimentos.
Our goal is to move people out of the cycles of hunger and poverty and toward economic stability by providing them with nourishing food and connecting them with a variety of community resources.