Food Rescue Program
Six days a week, the food bank ‘rescues’ food that is nearing its expiration date
from community grocery stores. This includes fresh produce, dairy products, bakery and canned goods,
meat and non-food items. The rescued food is then taken back to the food bank, processed and
distributed to our community in need. Through our rescue program, we collect and process over 2
million pounds of nutritious food every year.
Food Distribution Program:
The Food Bank distributes food to residents of Post Falls, Stateline, and
Hauser Lake who fall at 155% or below of the federal poverty guidelines. These individuals and families
are provided with a weekly basket of fresh, nutritious food. We also provide a one-time emergency bag
of food to anyone in need, regardless of their address.
Food Share Program
Because of our strong Food Rescue Program, the Food Bank is able to share excess
food supplies with other food banks, community meal sites, and non-profit organizations in Kootenai
County. Agencies that we support with our food are: The Post Falls Senior Center, Real Life Ministries
Food Room and Meal Program, St Georges Catholic Church Friendship Kitchen, Cherished One’s Soup
Kitchen, St Vincent de Paul Warming Shelter, Children’s Village, Lake Cities Food Bank, Second Chance
Ministries and the American Legion.
Weekend Nutrition Backpack Program:
The Food Bank works closely with the Post Falls School District
to provide 150 weekend packs of food to school children who are at risk of not eating over the weekend.
Nutritionally balanced food is identified specifically for this program. The food packs are purchased by
the Food Bank from 2nd Harvest in Spokane, processed and distributed to local schools every week.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, the food bank provides our guests
with a turkey or ham and a bag of all the ingredients for a great holiday meal. The Food Bank distributes
over 500 meals each holiday to our families in need in the Post Falls area.
Rarely does a guest walk in to the Food Bank with just one need, food. There are
usually severally challenging situations that our guests are dealing with at any given time. We provide a
Resource Specialist to help our guests navigate the social services network and find the help they need
in Kootenai County.