Last November, Snake River Landing invited all the schools in the Idaho Falls area to participate in the 2nd Annual Snake River Landing Holiday Food Drive, a benefit for the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank.
Each school in the area was asked to participate in the effort to help hundreds of southeast Idaho families that were at risk of going hungry around the holiday season. The school that brought in the greatest amount of food, by weight, to the food drive had the promise of a $1000 prize that would benefit that school's educational efforts.
Many of the schools in the area already were working on similar programs, but SRL had overwhelming support from a handful of our area schools, including participation from Woodland Hills Elementary, Ucon Elementary and Discovery Elementary. In total, the food drive brought in over 5390 pounds of food which calculates to roughly 4300 meals for East Idaho families who would otherwise go without, an increase from what the same drive harvested in 2012 by 20 percent.
Woodland Hills Elementary was the recipient of the award for the most food raised, with the $1000 award going to improve the school’s library. Join us tomorrow to find out how the winning school plans to invest their award to improve the education of local elementary students.
What many people don't realize is the extensive need right here in Bonneville County and the important work the food bank does in our area. The Idaho Falls Community Food Bank estimates there are roughly 11,000 people just in Bonneville County are at or below the poverty level that are assumed to be taking advantage of the food bank's donations.
Here are the donations collected per school, by pound: Woodland Hills Elementary (2480 lbs), Discovery Elementary (1820 lbs), and Ucon Elementary (1090 lbs).
Snake River Landing joins the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank in thanking all the students, their families and the school teachers, administrators and staff in their help to feed our hungry seniors, men, women, and especially the hundreds of southeast Idaho children at risk of missing out on a quality meal. With the success of this new annual event, Snake River Landing would like to invite all schools in the area to participate in the 2014 Food Drive, scheduled to begin in November of this year.
For more information, please contact Liza Leonard, Marketing Manager for Snake River Landing, at 557-5300.