Reporter Sophia Miraglio tells us how the spirit of giving helped stock the shelves of local foodbanks during a time of need.
"We can do so much more together than we can do individually, separately," said event planer Michelle Schmidt.
High gas prices, and an unstable economy combine together as a recipe for a tight budget, especially when it comes to feeding a family. That recipe is why local churches and volunteers alike came together over the weekend in an effort to "Feed the 5,000."
"They never know when their the ones that are going to be needing it next," said church volunteer Tim Selph. "You know they say it's not going to happen to me, but now day the way things are it could happen to them. So it's always important to help their neighbors."
Many L.C. Valley residents depend on local organizations and food banks for a hot meal. The Lewiston branch of the Idaho Foodbank through direct distribution and partner agencies distribute to about 3000 families each month. And Asotin County distributes to a little less with 425 families monthly. Nevertheless, it can become an extremely difficult task to accomplish when donations are down while the need is up.
"Idaho Foodbank is distributing over 100,000 pounds a month out of my warehouse," said Lewiston Food Bank Branch Manager Chuck Whitman. "My warehouse is very empty because I'm turning my inventory as I receive it 100%."
In order to feed 5,000 people, 6,000 pounds of food is needed. That's on average 1.2 pounds of food per meal.
"Donations are down naturally because people don't have it to give," said Asotin County Food Bank President Joanne Huntley. "We are in need. In order to make it through the winter food drives like these are going to be needed."
Non-perishable food items were divided between Idaho Foodbank and the Asotin County food bank. All the cash donations go toward the backpack program, which helps feed the 300 plus school kids who may not have enough to eat at home on the weekends.
"There are kids that are coming to school on Monday that really haven't eaten over the weekend," said event planner Michelle Schmidt.
On the first day alone, over 2,700 pounds of food was raised. That's a number that many people say clearly displays the type of great community we live in.
According to Whitman, over 7,000 pounds of food was raised and more than $4,000 was given.