When the holiday season dies down, the donations to local charities tend to do so as well. We caught up with a local business who is working to help one of these agencies get through this slow time.
Western States is hosting a food drive this month to keep the donations coming in when the Food Bank needs it the most. Titled “Dump Hunger” they are encouraging the community to fill dump trucks with canned goods for the food bank’s benefit.
“We’re happy to be able to contribute to the food bank knowing that the funds and the food stays right here in our community,” said Western State’s Branch Dump Hunger Leader Dan Stoddard.
In addition to canned donations, local businesses are asked to donate money to the cause, and whatever is donated will be matched by both Wells Fargo and Western States. The Wild Turkey Federation donated $500 today, turning it into $1500 towards meals for families.
Eastern Idaho’s Food Bank Branch Manager Rebecca Ristrem told us, “My employees say it’s a miracle because we’re like we’re short we’re short and then all of the sudden someone somewhere hears and people in the communities really pull together.”
This event comes at the perfect time for the Food Bank as well, with donations declining and need steadily increasing.
“We’re just coming off the big peak of holiday where giving is kind of close to the heart for everybody, and January hits and we still have a need, and but the donations tend to drop off,” added Ristrem.
The dump trucks that Western States are filling are huge, with a single tire being over 5” tall. Plus they aren’t trying to fill just one, but six.
“Our goal each year is to add one truck, so this year is 6 trucks, 75,000 pounds [of food] per truck,”
Reaching that goal will mean providing 375,000 meals, which helps ease the burden on both the Food Bank and the families that depend on them.
Dump Hunger ends on February 10th, and you can find donations spots at Western States, Albertsons, and donate money at local Wells Fargos throughout eastern Idaho.