Foodbank Drive Successful But Still Too Many Empty Plates in Idaho 

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While the Idaho Foodbank reports that donors contributed more than 100,000 pounds of canned and packaged goods this past weekend for the annual "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive," where letter carriers pick up nonperishable food while delivering the Saturday mail, the need for Idaho's hungriest people continues to grow.

Preliminary estimates counted more than 110,000 pounds of food donated in the Boise area May 9, the 23rd year of the food drive, in which Treasure Valley residents contribute canned vegetables, juice, tuna, cereal and soups. Foodbank officials estimated that they would reach their goal of 175,000 pounds of food once all of the donations were counted.

Meanwhile, the latest statistics from "Map the Meal Gap 2015" show that 15.6 percent of Idahoans were living in so-called "food insecurity" in 2013—that represents more than 250,000 Idaho residents who aren't certain where their next meal might come from. In Ada County the food insecurity rate was 14.8 percent, according to the study. Madison County, in eastern Idaho, registered a food insecurity rate of 21 percent in 2013.

When the same study looks at children, Idaho's food insecurity rate was 21.1 percent in 2013.  Ada County registered 18.8 percent food insecurity rate and the highest level was reported in Lemhi County, with 29.8 percent.

In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children, according to research from Feeding America.
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