According to Idaho Foodbank Lewiston Branch Manager Chuck Whitman, inventory is nearly 50% lower at the foodbank than it's been in past years during the winter months. Whitman said that although the foodbank currently meets the needs of over 34 partner agencies, there is a very limited selection and little to no food in reserve.
"I can't stress the importance right now of how we really need to support all the local food banks because it's just getting tough out there," said Whitman.
In the past, the Idaho Foodbank has distributed 2,000 turkeys throughout the region for the holidays, but due to costs and limited funds just 500 turkeys will be distributed this year. Whitman said turkey donations along with canned food items are a high priority as donations are significantly low.