Since the mission opened 50 years ago, it has been feeding the hungry in the Treasure Valley. But the rate has increased within the last decade, with the mission averaging roughly 240,000 meals per year in 2006 and 2007.
Mission director Bill Roscoe estimates that more than a million meals have been served just between 2003 and 2007 at the group's three dining rooms: The River of Life Mission and The City of Light Home in Boise, and Lighthouse Mission in Nampa.
Just last month, 23,800 meals were served.
"We are definitely seeing more families at meal services" Roscoe said in a press release. He places part of the blame on increasing food and gas prices.
"People on fixed incomes and those earning low wages are faced with tough decisions about where to spend their money."