Spring means more bare shelves at Idaho Foodbank

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Food donations and the holidays seem to just go hand in hand.

But as the season winds down, the need does not. And now the Idaho Foodbank is asking for your help.

"If we were to not bring any more food into this warehouse we would be empty in a month and a half," said Jenifer Johnson, Idaho Foodbank spokeswoman.

With very little food donations left from the holidays supplies are running out fast.

"We are distributing more than a million pounds of food and that provides enough for about 950,000 meals every month."

And the organization's providing a lot more food to working people who just cannot make ends meet anymore.

"We are seeing a lot of families who don't qualify for food assistance and they make just a little too much, they may be working a minimum wage job..just a little too be able to qualify for food stamps and the emergency food network is a place where they can go to get good healthy food to help stretch that family budget," she said.

So, how can you help?

The foodbank says one of the best things you can do to help is to grow your own produce, such as potatoes, and donate them.

Workers here purchase some of the food they hand out, but about 85 percent comes from the community.