In 1979, several families who were members of "Bread for the World" met to determine the need for a food bank in Idaho Falls. By the middle of 1980, the food bank they started came under the sponsorship of the RCCM. The Idaho Falls Community Food Bank then began in May 1980 as a community effort to meet short-term and emergency food needs. It was initially located in the basement of St. Luke's Episcopal Church until November 2004. It then was moved to the First Presbyterian Church's Pullen Building, at 245 N Placer. The Food Bank operates as a Committee of the RCCM, Inc.
Since we were designed to meet emergency needs only, recipients must obtain a voucher from the social agency or church and are eligible to receive six food boxes in a period of six months.
This program is supported by the donations of many caring individuals, churches, civic groups, grants, companies/corporations, and significant gifts from the Goodfellow Fund and the Thanksgiving Day Run to Feed the Hungry. Included are items from the Boy Scout and Postal Workers food drives.
Many thanks are given for the extraordinary donations of food items and our volunteers. Needed food items are purchased, prepared, and distributed by approximately 75 regular volunteers. New volunteers are always needed to collect donated food, stock shelves, pack boxes, distribute food boxes, and enter information into the computer.
During 2011, the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank distributed 7,465 food boxes that provided food for 24,130 adults and children.
The Food Bank is located at 245 N Placer. Space is provided free by First Presbyterian Church. Food distribution hours are Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. A food referral slip/voucher is needed. The food bank is closed on all state and federal holidays.