Local groups are collecting thousands of pounds of food to benefit residents who face food insecurity this holiday season.

‘SCOUTING FOR FOOD’

On Saturday, Boy Scouts in Boise collected more than 133,000 pounds of food for The Idaho Foodbank during the annual “Scouting for Food” event. That number was expected to rise, as several locations had not yet been counted. The foodbank anticipated reaching its goal of 150,000 pounds of food collected in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell and Ontario, according to spokesman Mike Sharp.

MICRON DONATIONS

Micron employees have once again stepped up to help solve hunger in their communities with a generous donation of turkeys and hams for holiday meals to help the one in seven Idahoans struggling with hunger, according to The Idaho Foodbank.

On Tuesday at The Idaho Foodbank Warehouse in Boise, the employees will continue their 15-year tradition with a 2016 holiday donation of turkeys and hams.

Micron provides employees with an annual holiday gift — the choice of a turkey or ham — in appreciation of their hard work throughout the year. Since 2001, many employees have chosen to donate their hams or turkeys to families through The Idaho Foodbank.

Last year, employees provided more than 1,245 turkeys and 285 hams. This year’s donation brings the 15-year total to more than 23,000 turkeys and hams for Idaho families.

FOOD DRIVE COMPETITION

For the ninth year in a row, Dawn Adams with Farmers Insurance has coordinated another major collaborative food drive benefiting Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. Twenty local companies have been collecting canned goods, now totaling 40,000 pounds, in the form of a competition. The winner of the competition will be announced Thursday.

Canned goods collected will be served at the mission’s holiday banquets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas in Boise and Nampa, and be used to fill 3,600 food boxes to provide to hungry families. Currently, the rescue mission provides 30,000 hot meals per month to hungry and homeless guests out of four shelters in Ada and Canyon counties.

NEXT WEEK: THANKSGIVING BANQUETS

Boise Rescue Mission will host its annual great Thanksgiving Banquet at Cathedral of the Rockies next week.

The public is welcome to join from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 717 N. 11th St., Boise.

Hot turkey meals and all the trimmings will be served to hungry and homeless guests. Free holiday food boxes will also be available.

Special volunteer guests include Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones, consultant and former football coach Skip Hall, Boise State Football Coach Bryan Harsin and the BSU football team.

Albertsons will present the rescue mission with a $10,000 donation at noon.

The Boise Rescue Misison’s Great Thanksgiving Banquet in Nampa will be happening the same day, Nov. 23, at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene (601 16th Ave. S.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special volunteer guests including College of Idaho football coach Mike Moroski. The College of Idaho’s Yotes football team will be serving meals from 2 to 6 p.m.

DONATE

If you would like to support efforts such as these, reach out to a local food bank or shelter organization. Contact information includes:

Meridian Food Bank

n 133 W Broadway Ave., Meridian

n 208-888-5102

n meridianfoodbank.org

Idaho Foodbank

n 3562 S. TK Ave., Boise

n 208-336-9643

n idahofoodbank.org

Boise Rescue Mission Ministries

n 308 S. 24th St., Boise

n 208-343-2389

n boiserm.org

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