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April 17, 2013

U.V. Food Bank Needs Donations

Shelves are getting low at the Upper Valley Food Bank, and the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership believes people will respond to help once they hear about the need.

Tawnya Garz-Brewer, the food bank coordinator, said the community is generous, but after the holidays, sometimes the need is forgotten.

"Spring is always hard because gardens haven't been planted yet and summer jobs haven't started -- a lot of the lower-income residents depend on seasonal work," she said. "People are still hungry year-round. If I had to say the one thing we need right now, it's canned soups."

The food bank is located at 275 Stationery Road, near Artco.

The current need is for canned soups, tomato products, "one-can meals," dry goods and cereals.

Garz-Brewer said USDA programs provide staple commodities for those in need, but private donations can add much to a family's meals.

"It gives them variety for 10 different meals and will stretch their food money for the month," she said.

The food bank assists about 220 families per month, with each family receiving a box of USDA commodities along with a box of donated food.

Donations can be dropped off at the west entrance of the food bank Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. During those times, if the food bank is unattended temporarily, food items can be dropped off at Upper Valley Industries on the south side of the building.

The Madison Library also accepts donations for the food bank.

Arrangements can be made for large-volume donations to be picked up by calling 356-8849.

"We always welcome food donations and volunteers," Garz-Brewer said.

The food bank distributes food on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Garz-Brewer encourages people in need to call the number above.

"If you're going through a tough stretch, EICAP's community service programs may help," she said.

Article from Post Register, Saturday, April 13th, 2013.

Community Action Agencies were established to fight the War on Poverty in 1964. Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, located at 935 E Lincoln Rd in Idaho Falls serves the nine eastern Idaho counties with services to help low-income individuals become independent and self-sufficient. EICAP is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the United States that provide services to every county in the nation.