Idaho Foodbank needs volunteers to help distribute produce

Thousands of pounds of fresh produce need to be distributed.

BOISE - The Idaho Foodbank needs help in getting thousands of pounds of fresh produce out to the community.

Dry and canned foods are easy for the foodbank to handle since they have a long shelf life, but they need help getting the large amount of fresh produce they have recently received from harvest season quickly packaged and out to people in need before it goes bad.

"We're reaching a little over 163,000 people every single month across the state of Idaho and we know the need in Idaho is around 240,000," said Idaho Foodbank CEO Karen Vauk. "We're not quite reaching everyone in need, so that’s why we are continuing to push more food, as much as we can."

The foodbank is focused on getting fruit and veggies out because they provide people in need with a healthy option.

"Produce has a limited life so we've got to make sure that we move it through our warehouse as quickly as we can,” said Vauk. We can't stack it in the back corner and get to it later, we got to make sure that as it comes in we can get that repacked and we can get it right out to families to enjoy while it's fresh."

Volunteering is easy and fun!  So get some friends, some family, or maybe even your co-workers and bring them down to the foodbank to help out.

Volunteer shifts are available six days a week, throughout the day. For more information on how and when you can volunteer click here.

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