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Hope for the Holidays



“Hope for the Holidays” is Aimed at Families

Last December, Andie wrote to us: “I know times are tough and there are many families in need this time of year and I feel bad to even ask. But I was wondering if you could help because I would like to have a nice Christmas dinner with our kids.

“We do not have the food or money to make a nice dinner. Maybe we could do something like hamburgers and hotdogs because they are cheap and easy.”

We were able to help Andie, but this situation is still all too common. And the difficulty of food insecurity is often magnified during the holidays as families like Andie’s struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy.

The economy has improved in some respects, but this need for holiday turkeys has not diminished. The Idaho Foodbank has begun its 2013 Hope for the Holidays campaign, our traditional statewide effort to help families like Andie’s maintain holiday traditions so important in stressful times. And we need your help.

The goal is to acquire and distribute nearly 2.8 million nutritious meals – 3.3 million pounds – in October, November and December. That total includes at least 15,000 turkeys.

The holidays are a time to share, care, and participate in traditions that connect us with our community and our American heritage. But for those who struggle with food insecurity, the holidays can be a season of hunger and exclusion.

Last year, Stacy wrote to say: “I hate to ask for help. Recently, I lost my job and it’s been hard to find another one. With the holidays coming up, it’s been hard to get food for my kids. I’ve been babysitting, but it’s not enough for food and gifts. I just need something to get us through the next couple weeks. I’ve never asked for food before, so I don’t really know where to go. It’s been a little tough this year.”

Please help us help families like Stacy’s and Andie’s across Idaho enjoy all that is good about this time of year.

Here is how you can help:

* Donate frozen turkeys in October and November directly to The Idaho Foodbank or any of the hundreds of local food pantries, shelters, senior centers and community kitchens across Idaho.

* Leave turkeys at Les Schwab stores. More than 40 participating locations across Idaho will accept both frozen turkeys and other nonperishable food donations between Oct. 28 and Dec. 20. A list of stores and addresses is at

* Donate cash. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to ensure we will have enough turkeys to meet the need. The Fred Meyer Fund will play a major role in that effort. The Fund will match the first $20,000 donated and designated for the 2013 Hope for the Holidays campaign. You can go to and click the “Donate” button and put the word “Hope match” in the “Additional information” box, call us at 336-9643 to donate by phone or send a check to one of our branches:

* 3562 S. TK Ave., Boise, ID 83705

* P.O. Box 513, Lewiston, ID 83501

* P.O. Box 125, Pocatello, ID 83204

If you do write a check, please put “Hope match” on the memo line. Thank you.




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