While The Idaho Foodbank has not yet directly been impacted by the government shutdown, this could change in the coming weeks when SNAP benefits run out.
The Idaho Foodbank aims to serve people who make too much to qualify for SNAP benefits but still do not make enough to feed their family nutritionally balanced meals.
Once SNAP benefits run out, The Idaho Foodbank would see a need from those who do not qualify for SNAP benefits and from those who ran out of their monthly SNAP allowance.
This could cause them to serve double to triple the amount of people in need than they normally do.
Adam Walker, Eastern Idaho Branch Manager at The Idaho Foodbank said, "The Eastern Idaho Branch covers 16 counties and serves about 28,000 people per month so if you equate that out you know all of a sudden we get hit with potentially the need from 60,000 people or more it's going to be substantial."
The Idaho Foodbank is continuing to monitor the government shutdown and is preparing to serve as many Idahoans as possible.
For more information, please visit https://idahofoodbank.org/.