The Boise/Twin Falls community is resilient and supportive. That is why people across the region are coming together to help those in need as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.

The Idaho Foodbank distributes food for more than 400 organizations across the state of Idaho. This includes soup kitchens, senior centers, food pantries and schools. With the current pressure being put on the food supply chain nationwide, the Foodbank expects demand to continue to increase.

This means a lot of people, from the elderly to those who are coming across financial hardships, are going to need help accessing food. The increase in need could be between 30 and 50 percent, according to the Idaho Press.

The Foodbank is calling on anyone who can donate food or money to please do so. A donation of $1 can provide as many as five meals to someone who is in need, according to KTVB7. Additionally, the Foodbank is calling on people to hold food drives of their own for their local food pantry if they can, or on an even larger scale.

If you would like to volunteer your time and are healthy, there is need for that as well. This is because many of the Foodbank’s volunteers are older and they can’t put themselves at risk of catching Coronavirus. This is forcing much of the volunteers to instead stay at home. The Foodbank is taking steps to ensure the safety of volunteers by keeping teams small and practicing social distancing.

We know the Boise/Twin Falls community and whole state of Idaho will come together and get through this trying time. We encourage you to help the Idaho Foodbank if you can by volunteering or through a donation.

If you would like to help, make sure you visit the Foodbank’s website.