BOISE -- The Idaho Food Bank Fund will be accepting grant applications throughout the month of July, the organization announced.
The fund, which is supported by taxpayer donations, was established by the Idaho Legislature in 2009 as a cooperative effort between the Idaho Foodbank, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho (CAPAI), and Catholic Charities of Idaho.
Applications will be accepted from any Idaho non-profit organization that provides hunger relief service. Funds can be used to support ongoing hunger-relief programs and services, purchase food, or expand capacity, such as buying new equipment.
For more information about how to apply for a grant, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the fund view the public service announcement and access the grant application, click here.
According to the Idaho Food Bank Fund, grants awarded in 2012, included:
• $2,000 to West Valley elementary school in Fruitland for healthy after-school snacks and a new refrigerator-freezer.
• $2,000 to the Bingham Crisis Center in Blackfoot to replace two old donated refrigerators that kept breaking down, a new upright freezer to replace their 20+ year old freezer and purchase perishable foods to assist emergency-shelter clients.
• $4,200 to the Cascade Food Pantry to install six heavy-duty shelving units for better distribution and storage. The pantry also acquired additional freezers and refrigerators to help distribute milk, eggs and meat on a more regular basis.
• $4,176 to the Horseshoe Bend Community Pantry to purchase meat, eggs, and fruit for clients on a monthly basis for the upcoming year. Without the grant, such purchases would have been impossible.
• $1,500 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Lewiston to buy a refrigerator and shelving needed to supply fresh foods, frozen foods and canned goods.
• $3,000 to Mercy Housing Northwest-Idaho in Eagle to provide healthy cooking classes for the low-income residents at Mercy Housing Northwest-Idaho properties across the state. The grant also funded healthy meals and snacks for the school-aged children enrolled in Mercy’s on-site after school and summer program.