Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force – A MAZON Success Story

Image courtesy Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

Image courtesy Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force envisions that in a “state as abundant as Idaho, hunger will not exist“, and works to put public and private resources into action statewide to eliminate hunger and provide food security for all Idahoans. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger understood the challenges and possibilities of ending hunger in Idaho and invested start-up funds in 2007 to support the new Idaho task force.

Over the past two years, with continued support from MAZON, the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force experienced important successes, including: completing a profile of hunger in Idaho – county by county; raising awareness about food insecurity; reducing barriers to participation in food stamps; conducting advocacy work to support reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act and WIC; and organizing a statewide Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity. In August 2009, the task force requested one-time-only bridge funding from MAZON – which was granted. Because of leveraging MAZON’s funding, the Task Force just learned in September 2009 that the Idaho food stamp program would donate $10,000 to support their work.  Although the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force is young, it has a very big agenda and MAZON is very proud to partner with them!

- Written by Elaine Himelfarb, MAZON Program Officer for the Southwest, Mountain Plains & West Regions. She can be reached at ehimelfarb@mazon.org.

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