Rebecca Ristrem is the Eastern Idaho Branch Manager at the Idaho Foodbank, and although she has only been there for a short time, many of their programs are near and dear to her heart, such as the backpack program which provides nutritional meals to kids in Idaho.
"You know I have been here about six months, and I tell my family and my friends that it fills my bucket,” said Rebecca Ristrem.
Volunteers from Northwest Farm Credit helped to fill up the bags with food for the backpacks.
"We know that there is a great need in Idaho, and in Eastern Idaho, we do about 500 backpacks a week. In order to distribute those, we need each and every one of these volunteers to come,” added Ristrem.
The schools slip this in to the child's backpack to feed hungry tummies over the weekend.
Rebecca says, without the backpack program, many students would return to school hungry, lacking the focus they need to learn and develop.
"You know it just feels great to be able to get out and be able to help those in need and make a difference in our community,” says, Northwest Farm Credit volunteer, Jordan Fielding.
"This makes me feel great. To know that kids are going hungry , it's just not acceptable, we need to do our part to feed the children,” commented Northwest Farm Credit volunteer, Amy Webber.
"When you have a little boy walk in the doors, with his bicycle, and a backpack and he is asking for some cereal and milk, and you get to watch him come back through and shop and fill his backpack with food to help feed his little brothers and sisters, you know you have made a difference,” said, Idaho Foodbank employee Merriann Forrest.