The Dump Hunger post-holiday food drive recently wrapped up its sixth year by raising 621,804 pounds of food for community food banks in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington. That was enough to fill eight dump trucks. It will provide 518,170 meals for men, women and children. Organizers exceeded their donation goal by 150,000 pounds.
More than 100,000 pounds of the haul is headed for the Idaho Foodbank to feed hungry Idahoans.
Western States (Caterpillar dealer) Albertsons and Wells Fargo sponsored the food drive again this year, which is timed to raise donations and awareness when food banks need help most – after the holidays.
Each Dump Hunger partner accepted donations from Jan. 6 through Feb. 10 at their locations across the Intermountain West.
The campaign relied on creative fundraising events in each region, ranging from silent auctions to bake sales to poker tournaments to on-air radio auctions. These efforts helped. To date, Dump Hunger has gathered more than 3,372,749 pounds of food for western communities.
The final total includes a contribution of $10,000 from Albertsons and a $20,000 donation from Wells Fargo. Western States added a $13,000 dollar match. All donations went to participating food bank partners involved with Dump Hunger, many of which coordinate with additional community food bank partners in their network to share much needed resources with families in the surrounding communities.