Basic Organization Information
IDAHO FOODBANK WAREHOUSE
- Also Known As:
The Idaho Foodbank
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K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K31 Food Banks, Food Pantries
K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K30 Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
Donated food - $8,085,062
Donations - $2,407,164
Employee campaigns - $367,255
Leading the effort to end hunger in Idaho.
The Idaho Foodbank Board of Directors has announced that Karen Vauk has been named the Foodbank’s new President and CEO. Karen officially took the reigns of the Foodbank on Monday, April 6, 2009.
“Karen Vauk comes to the Foodbank with years of experience and an amazing can-do attitude,” says Mary Anne Pace, Chair of the Foodbank Board. “We are a growing organization, and Karen is the perfect person to lead us into the future. We are thrilled that she has joined us, and we all look forward to working with her."
Karen was born in Twin Falls and came to the Foodbank from Boise State University where she was a University Advancement Development Director. In that position she was part of the team that defined, organized and implemented a comprehensive development program and managed the donor relations program. Previously, Karen spent 18 years at Micron Technology where she rose through several levels of management with responsibility for teams both here and abroad, and spent three years as Executive Director of the Micron Technology Foundation.
Karen’s academic background is in education. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s in education, both from Boise State.
Over the past four years, our food distribution through our network partners has increased 93%. We have heard from a number of friends who have donated to us in the past and are now need help to feed their families. Access to free emergency food takes some of the pressure off those parents, children and senior citizens. That is what The Idaho Foodbank network is her for, and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue pursuing our mission to end hunger in Idaho.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
Idaho Foodbank Programs
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
- Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
The Idaho Foodbank operates three warehouses that last year distributed more than five million pounds of food to 200 agencies. Those frontline agencies, in turn, served nearly 730,000 meals in 2007. More than 40% of households that receive food from the Foodbank currently have at least one person working. Of those, 70% of households that receive temporary food assistance do so because their household income has temporarily dropped below $10,000 per year. Our food distribution is made possible by local food drives and donations by national food manufacturers and distributors. Our other programs include: 1. Grow a Row -- We ask gardeners to grow an extra row of produce and donate it to the Foodbank. 2. BackPack for Kids -- Because so many children depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, every weekend 525 children from 74 schools are given backpacks full of nourishing kid-friendly food to take home. 3. Kids Cafe -- In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, we served more than 8,900 complete meals at the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai 4. Meat the Need -- Allows livestock owners to donate excess or unwanted livestock and take the tax deduction. 5. Empty Bowls -- Potters from around the state donate bowls every fall. On the day after Thanksgiving in downtown Boise, the Foodbank fills the bowls with donated soup from area restaurants and sells both for $10. 6. Mobile Pantry -- Because Idaho is predominantly a rural state, many people live in small communities that are not served by food pantries. The Mobile Pantry, a warehouse without walls, takes food directly to people who need it, regardless of where they live. This new program distributed 226,630 pounds to 11,102 people in 2007. 7. Lunch Break -- Like the BackPack program, Lunch Break provides healthy food for children when schools are not in session. Over three-day weekends and school breaks, children can come to Boys and Girls clubs to get a free lunch. We served 6,555 lunches in 2007. 8. Chefs to the Rescue -- Every year Americans throw away 96 billion pounds of food. This program rescues prepared but unused food and delivers it directly to people who need it. In 2003 we will rescue and distribute more than 300,000 pounds of food that would have gone to waste. 9. A Chefs' Affaire -- This annual fund-raiser features some of the finest food in the area prepared by Boise's best chefs. The chefs are auctioned off for private dinners and a silent auctions raises even more funds. 10. Picnic in the Park -- This summer feeding program, executed with partners that include the Boise Parks and Recreation Department and the Idaho State Department of Education, served 51,430 free lunches in Boise parks in 2007.
Program Long-Term Success:
The Idaho Foodbank distributed more than 5.25 million pounds of food through its network of 200 agencies statewide.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
In fiscal 2011, the Foodbank distributed a record 10.57 million pounds of food to hungry Idaho families, enough for 6.9 million meals and up 28% from 2009. We expect to exceed 11 million pounds (9.2 milion meals) in 2012.