Ambrose School packages thousands of meals for Treasure Valley residents By Meridian Press staff firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Feb 15, 2017 (…) Courtesy of Molly Blakeman Students at The Ambrose School in Meridian helped assemble 10,500 packages of soup mix last week. Each package can feed six people. Courtesy of Molly Blakeman Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea helps students package soup mixes at The Ambrose School Feb. 10. Courtesy of Molly Blakeman Leaders at The Ambrose School’s Feed the Need event on Feb. 10 included, from left: Jason Billester, vice president of development for the Boise Rescue Mission’ Tom Riedner, co-founder of Homestead Ministries; Idaho First Lady Lori Otter; and Kirk Vander Leest, headmaster of The Ambrose School. Students and staff at The Ambrose School in Meridian assembled enough soup packages for 63,000 meals last week.The meals will be distributed through the Boise Rescue Mission at its four shelters and through other community partners.This so-called “Feed the Need” project is done in partnership with Homestead Ministries in Colfax, Washington. Story continues below video × Advertisement Homestead Ministries buys and receives donations of locally grown grains such as beans, peas, lentils, wheat and barley from farmers, along with items such as spices, bags and labels.These supplies are then assembled into soup packages for meals for those facing food insecurity.“This is not only extremely efficient and productive, but a great opportunity for our kids to tangibly serve others in their own backyard,” The Ambrose School Headmaster Kirk Vander Leest said in a press release.One in seven Idahoans, including one in five children, don’t have consistent access to an adequate food supply, according to the Idaho Foodbank. Of these 241,000 people who are food insecure, more than 77,000 have incomes that make them ineligible for public assistance. That’s often where charities step in.The Boise Rescue Mission serves 30,000 meals per month.“We really appreciate the Ambrose School involving their students in a project to feed hungry people, and that they chose to make their donation of soup mix to the Boise Rescue Mission,” said Rev. Bill Roscoe, Boise Rescue Mission president and CEO. More from this section Meridian OKs joint fire agreement, Nampa shoots it down Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 Early voting starts Monday in Ada County Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 Guest opinion: Support gender inclusive facilities in schools Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 13-year-old guitarist finds his groove at local venues Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Meridian Schools Clinic reaches 3rd anniversary Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!