As realtors, we spend a lot of time getting to know the community around us. When we say we love what we do and the community we serve, we absolutely mean it. So we would like to bring Hunger Action Month to your attention this September to help raise awareness for people who may be hungry in our community.
According to Feeding America, hunger affects around 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, across the US. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks believes that hunger IS solvable and they are leading the fight to help end it. One of the ways they are doing this is through their Stop Hunger Action Month campaign that takes place each year in September. They want communities across the country to take part in the fight against hunger whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, volunteering or donating. No matter which you choose, you can help make a difference this Hunger Action Month.
Idaho Hunger Statistics (Provided by: The Idaho Food Bank)
“Access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” At a minimum, it includes “the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods; and assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies.” — Definition of Food Security by the USDA
- 14.7% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 241,080 people or 1 in 7
- 19.3% of Idaho’s children are food insecure – 83,110 children or 1 in 5.
- Of the 241,080 food-insecure people, 49% have incomes below 130% of poverty, which makes them eligible for food stamps and other government assistance.
- Of the 241,080 food-insecure people, 19% have incomes between 130% and 185% of poverty, which makes them eligible for WIC and reduced-price school meals but not food stamps.
- Of the 241,080 food-insecure people, 32% people have incomes above 185% of poverty, which makes them ineligible for any public assistance. These people must rely on the private charity network, such as The Idaho Foodbank and its partners.
- The counties with the highest rates of overall food insecurity are Madison, Shoshone and Adams.
- The counties with the highest rates of childhood food insecurity are Lemhi, Shoshone and Adams.
One in every seven people struggle with hunger across America. These people know the feeling of trying to thrive on an empty stomach. Without the nutrition and fuel that eating regularly provides, people – especially children – don’t have the energy they need to learn, grow, focus and succeed. So to help raise awareness this month, Feeding America is asking you to tell your friends and family what you can’t do on an empty stomach. They ask that you write it on a plate, take a selfie, and post it to your social media channels with #HungerActionMonth. Remember to tag @FeedingAmerica and you could have a chance to be featured on their webpage.
Local Events to Help Stop Hunger
All of September
2350 N. Eagle Road Meridian, ID or
888 W Fort Street Boise, ID
For the month of September, the Boise Co-op is proud to be partnering with the Idaho Food Bank. They will be matching all donations made in their stores, up to a total of $2,500. Every dollar donated to Idaho Food Bank provides four meals to hungry people in Idaho. That means they can potentially provide 20,000 additional meals! The Boise Co-op also works yearlong with partners of the Idaho Food Bank to diminish food waste. From May to July, they donated around an average of $36,000 worth of food a month. The donated food goes to the Meridian Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, and the Corpus Christi House. Idaho Food Bank will be in the Co-op stores throughout September. Be sure to stop by to learn more about them and the programs they provide.
September 8th @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Boise Centre, 850 W. Front Boise, ID
A night of food, festivity and funds! Get on the bus for a night of food, music, peace and love. It’s all about helping our hungry neighbors. The cost is $100 per person/$1,350 for a table of ten. There will be a delicious menu, a silent auction that includes dining packages and vacation getaways and live music, a raffle with unique prizes, and a live auction for gourmet dinners prepared by event chefs. All proceeds go to the Idaho Food Bank.
September 17th @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
205 N. Milwaukee St. Boise, ID
Make dinner a selfless act by joining Chipotle for a fundraiser to support The Idaho Foodbank. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to The Idaho Foodbank.
October 6th @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1900 N Eagle Rd. Meridian, ID
The Meridian Food Bank is teaming up with Big Al’s in Meridian to “Knock Down Hunger.” It’s a community bowling event to raise money to help the food bank carry out its mission of providing food for those who might otherwise go hungry. The night of family-friendly fun on October 6th will include bowling, a buffet dinner, live auction and raffle items. Six-person teams, $30 per person; $40 VIP ticket gets participants cosmic bowling and a one-hour arcade pass.
October 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Ada County CROP Hunger Walk is one of 1,000+ across the nation, symbolizing the walk many around the world must make for basic resources such as food, water, shelter and protection. There are also CROP walks in Canyon Country in Nampa on October 16 and Mini/Cassia County in Burley on September 24. Everyone is welcome to participate in CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by Church World Service. Walkers find sponsors to donate to ending hunger. The walk takes a 3.4 miles’ route on the Boise Greenbelt. Money raised supports food programs in emergency response, as well as longer-term solutions like enhancing food security and providing sustainable safe water supplies. In addition, 25 percent of funds raised stays in Boise to bolster the local hunger-fighting efforts of the Idaho Foodbank.
October 28th @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
2900 W Chinden Blvd Boise, ID
Early Bird Registration Price: $75 (August 1st – September 15th). Registration Price: $90 (September 16th – October 24th). The Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity is a bi-annual summit that gathers the state’s faith leaders, charitable emergency food providers, state and local government, health providers, advocacy groups, business and industry and community members gathered together to learn about hunger and food insecurity. Participants of the Hunger Summit get the opportunity to work in different tracks (participants are encouraged to stay within their one track) and learn about the related efforts that are going on throughout the state and how we can collectively improve upon them. Hunger Summit tracks can change but common tracks include anti-hunger advocacy, childhood nutrition, local food systems, multicultural food security, senior hunger, and mining census data. At the end of this one day event, each track will together craft next steps and action items that will be reviewed and reported on during the following Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity. Additionally, the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force writes a report detailing previous actions that have been taken around the state and what we will do to alleviate hunger in Idaho in the future. To view the 2014 Summit report, click here. For 2012’s, click here.