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Our News for the Week
(Updated each Thursday)
(Updated each Thursday)
Reverse Offering Details Revealed
(Part two of a two part series.)
Athol’s Food Bank has been in operation since 1990 and is open one day a week. They serve a 10 mile radius but they don’t turn anyone away. They serve 450-500 people a month and as many as 700 for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The number of senior clients they see has risen in the last three years. They receive donations from individuals, churches, civic groups and Second Harvest and some commodities from the government. Any money they receive goes toward purchasing needed items. They have two freezers and one refrigerator on site so they can have frozen foods (including meat) on hand.
Community Action Partnership (CAP) is located in Coeur d’Alene and serves all of Kootenai County. They served 6200 families last year.
● they gather fresh food from local markets, distributing them weekly to families.
● they provide up to three Emergency food boxes per family each year which is made up of government commodities.
● they served over 2500 families last year as part of a Thanksgiving distribution program.
● they distribute food to homeless people at their facility east of Atlas which is approximately two miles from the bus service. They put the food in bags and try to keep the bags light because they have to carry the food with them. CAP also delivers these bags to Fresh Start and St. Vinnies on a weekly basis. There are three paid staff and 286 volunteers who log over 14,000 hours per year. In a separate program, they receive commodities from the government and distribute them to 31 sites in the five county area.
Post Falls Food Bank is open Monday through Friday and is staffed by two full time, three part time and 40-50 volunteers. They served 2537 individuals in 2014. In addition to that, 3033 individuals received at least one Emergency Relief Box (commodities from the government). The population they serve has tripled in the last five years. Fifty percent of those they serve are the working poor, twenty percent are seniors and thirty percent are adults earning between $500 and $1000 per month. They collect between 110,000 and 135,000 pounds of food from local markets each month, they receive food from Second Harvest and Feeding America programs. They also receive donations from the community. Clients can receive one shopping cart full of food each week. They also have a Weekend Backpack program which provides breakfast, lunch and three snacks to school children who qualify - 175 each weekend.
Rathdrum Food Bank is open Monday through Friday and has a volunteer staff of 10 people. They are located in the back of the Thrift Store and have been open since 1992. They don’t have to pay for lights, heat or other utilities because those costs are covered by Thrift Store sales. They receive money and donations from schools, churches, individuals and civic organizations. They serve approximately 350-400 people per month in the Hauser, Rathdrum and Hayden areas. Much of their clients are working poor, between 55 and 75 years old and many are single men.
There are numerous stories of people giving back to the food banks after they have been clients themselves. A woman brought in $20 one day saying how the food bank had helped her in the past and she was now able to help others.
And now, the drum roll, our contest winner is
L. Hubbard. The actual amount collected in the 18 years we've measured was 54,000 pounds or 27 tons of food. Although there were others whose guess was closer, the winning answer wasn't to exceed the amount given. Congratulations L. Hubbard! We will be in touch to arrange to give you your prize. Thank you all for playing!
(Website comment: The current month’s Reverse Offering is always available at the bottom of the Home page on our website and the full list of needs unique to that organization is also available.)