Hope Lunches

Published online: Nov 20, 2020
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IDAHO FALLS -- The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and Elevation Labs announce the creation of “Hope Lunches” – your opportunity to support needy families. The “Hope Lunches” campaign asks businesses and individuals to support the Community Food Basket by donating the cost of their “Hope Lunch”. 

In this season of thanks and giving, many families in our community are struggling. COVID-19’s economic impact has doubled the number of families the Community Food Basket is serving this year. The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and Elevation Labs realize that many have had to cancel lunches and meetings and we want to turn canceled lunches into “Hope Lunches.”

The Chamber recently cancelled our “Out of the Box” lunches. We asked our sponsoring businesses and prepaid attendees if they would donate the cost of their lunch or sponsorship to the Community Food Basket and were overwhelmed by the positive response. So much so that we decided to reach out to all businesses to support the Community Food Basket. Mike Hughes at Elevation Labs volunteered to start this campaign off with a $3,000.00 donation on behalf of his employees.  Our hope is that other businesses and individuals will join in and help.

By asking for cash donations instead of the usual canned food drive, the Community Food Basket can purchase $5.00 of food for every $1.00 donated. A $12.00 Hope Lunch donation can be turned into $60.00 of groceries. By giving dollars instead of cans, we can maximize the number of families served. 

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and Elevation Labs are challenging businesses and individuals to donate the cost of one (1) or more lunches to the Chamber. All donations will be given directly to the Community Food Basket. Businesses can collect donations from their employees and then call us, bring in their donations, or mail a check to the chamber office. Individuals can go to the Chamber’s website at www.idahofallschamber.com and click on the “Hope Lunches” event to buy “Hope Lunches” online.

One hundred percent of Hope Lunch donations will go to the Idaho Falls Community Food Basket. We thank our partners at Elevation Labs for their financial support and all of the Idaho Falls business community for the support we know will come in.  

For more information, contact Chip Schwarze at ceo@idahofallschamber.com or at 208-589-8888.

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