Generous Community

Post Register
Printed on Thursday, January 8, 2009

With the economy in trouble, we've seen a dramatic increase in demand for food over the past year. Service organizations have been in a quiet state of panic, asking, "How are we going to feed all these people?" The community has the answer: "We will help!"

Last week, a local bank conducted its second food drive and donated $10,000 of food. Idaho Falls and and Skyline high schools held their annual contest for which school could collect the most food. I don't know who won between the schools, but I do know who won in the community -- the needy!

The combination of those three efforts has amounted to more food than the Boy Scouts Food Drive in October, which was the biggest we've seen in years!

Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership warehouses donated food and USDA commodities for Idaho Falls and the surrounding area. We sort, store and distribute literally tons of food to local food banks and soup kitchens. The Idaho Falls Community Food Bank is a weekly recipient.

EICAP feels with the generosity of these organizations and the Boy Scouts, we might be able to make all of our deliveries until the Postal Workers Food Drive in May. It's exciting to see generations of giving, local businesses and future leaders.

To those of you that provided food or cash to these efforts, thank you so much for your willingness to give even when things are tight.

Sheryl Bailey
Community Services Director