Jan 22 2018

Elizabeth Fields Recognized

Our very own Elizabeth Fields was nominated for and finished in the top three for Individual Brightest Star award in Boise on January 19th. She was surprised to make the final three, but we were not! She is pictured below with Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Volunteers across Idaho were honored at the Idaho Brightest Stars award ceremony held in Boise. “Serve Idaho”, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, handed out awards in seven categories to honor Idahoans who volunteered in 2017.  Awardees were nominated by Idahoans throughout the state, a Serve Idaho panel reviewed candidates, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little made the final selections. The award categories for outstanding volunteer service are individual, business, student, senior citizen, teacher/professor, nonprofit/civic organization and veteran.

This is a great honor, and we at CDT know very few in this world more deserving than Elizabeth!  We congratulate her on receiving this recognition.

Dec 20 2017

Christmas Dinner

The Blackfoot Stake hosted the “pre” Christmas dinner on December 19th prior to the Christmas holiday.  As with all the dinners, this turned out to be a great evening with 416 served.  The meal included delicious roast beef, potatoes and gravy, corn, a roll and a glazed donut for desert.

The kids had a special treat as Santa and Mrs. Claus came to visit at the dinner.  Each child had a picture taken with Santa and was given a stocking with fruit, candy and a toy. 134 children were able to meet with Santa.  Tables were laid out with hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for both adults and children.  This was in addition to the coats that were available as well.  Truly no one left hungry or cold on this winter night.

We are continually in awe at the generosity of the good people within this community.  We appreciate all the service provided and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Nov 22 2017

Community Dinners are Back

The 2017-2018 weekly dinners are back with the first dinner having started in late October and then continuing through the winter months.  Different faith and community groups host the dinners each week at the Methodist church.  In the photos shown here the Blackfoot LDS Young Single Adult wards combined to prepare and serve a nice meal of turkey with gravy over potatoes, salad, corn, a roll, and a pumpkin dessert – perfect for a Thanksgiving week.  The menu changes each week with a wide variety of entrees.  Most meals include entertainment and this night was no exception.  Logan Lindholm sang to the delight of all in attendance.  For the children there is a Kids Korner where children are able to prepare crafts and have fun while the parent eat.  On this night the kids made paper bag turkeys to take home.

Each year CDT also hosts a Thanksgiving Day meal with baked turkey and all the trimmings and this year will be no exception.  Those struggling to provide a meal or those just needing a place to share the holiday with others are invited to come by.  Everyone is welcome.

At this time of year the CDT board would like to give thanks to all the wonderful groups and all the regular volunteers that support the dinners and the community.  They are very much appreciated!

Oct 31 2017

Scouting for Food Drive 2017

The local Boy Scout organization performed a fantastic service again this year as they collected food for the hungry in our community.  Community members also showed great support as they left bags and boxes on doorsteps for the Scouts to collect.  The drive was held on Saturday, October 28th.  This year there were 27,204 food items collected and 562 Scouts that volunteered with 1,124 Scout volunteer hours.  In addition, there were 362 adult volunteers with 735 adult volunteer hours.  These combined for a total of 924 Scouting volunteers and 1,859 total volunteer hours.  What an amazing effort put forth from the Scouting community.  In addition to the scouting volunteers hundreds of hours are spent by CDT volunteers as they sort, organize, box and stack food supplies for the weekly distribution.

Each year the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hosts the annual Scouting for Food drive in October across the country.  In Bingham County the food drive aids the Blackfoot Food Pantry, associated with CDT, and other organizations.  This is a vital program for replenishing the canned and dry goods that are used to help the needy through the winter months.  We express our sincerest thanks to the BSA, CDT volunteers and to the great community where we live!

 

Sep 29 2017

Corn Day

Thanks to the generous donation of Richard Johnson, and with the help of a small army of local volunteers, over 5,000 ears of corn were prepared for the new season.  173 gallons of fresh, sweet corn was bagged and moved to the Blackfoot Food Pantry freezers for use throughout this coming dinner season.  This all happened on a cool and wet Saturday morning on the 16th of September.

Richard and his family raise the corn through the summer and then harvest it for use by CDT.  Youth from the community, with the help of adult advisers, show up early in the morning to shuck and clean the corn and then bring it into the Methodist church.  Large pots are kept boiling to blanch and cook the corn while on the cobs.  From there it is taken to tables where volunteers, using hand drills and a special tool remove the kernels.  From there the corn is taken and put into bags for freezing.  It is quite the site to see and always a fun activity for everyone involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 26 2017

Food Pantry Annual Yard Sale

Yard-saleEveryone is invited to come support the Blackfoot Community Food Pantry, Annual Yard Sale on Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the sale.

 

Here are the details:

 

Friday August 4th 8:00 am -4:00 pm

Saturday August 5th 8:00 am -2:00 pm

The sale will be held at the Pantry @ 245 West Sexton

The proceeds of the sale go towards purchasing hygiene items for our clients: tooth paste, deodorant, soaps, baby items, etc.

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

-Help with set up August 3rd

-Help with day of sale Friday

-Help with day of sale Saturday

-Help with clean up Saturday

-People willing to donate gently used items to the sale.

-Baked goods day of sale Friday-Saturday

-Help gather and sort goods from now until the sale

Last year we earned nearly $1,800.  Volunteers would go out to people having yard sales and offer to haul off anything they could not sale; we would then sort through and keep those items for our sale. Pick up and sorting is our most pressing need. We need folks with trucks or trailers that are willing to go pick up the items and haul them to our storage shed.  Our thought is we could assign certain groups a weekend to be on call to do collection of items, then we will have other people sort through the items and categorize for the day of the sale.

This would be a perfect opportunity for any group looking to serve in some capacity. Church groups, scouts, businesses, civic organizations, etc.

If you can help please contact Pam at 680-9545

Jun 04 2017

2017 Annual Appreciation Dinner

IMG_1235The 2016-2017 weekly dinners concluded with the annual appreciation dinner that was held at the Methodist church on April 11th.  This dinner was organized and served by CDT board members, with assistance this year by family, friends and volunteers from the Blackfoot LDS Young Single Adult  Wards.  The dinner is offered as a way for the board to recognize and thank all those who supported and contributed to the community through the CDT mission.  This is the second year that attendees were treated to “chicken in a barrel”, prepared by Ron Thompson and Dave Cronquist.

Recognition and thanks were given to all the kitchen leaders, regular volunteers, and the generous community members that contribute so much.  We are all humbled by the generosity of time, money and resources that are given so freely by so many.   Once again we extend a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and supporters!

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May 06 2017

Snake River Jr. High Victorious in 2nd Annual Food Feud

Kids1The second annual food feud to help support the Blackfoot Community Food Pantry was a huge success. We collected a total of 6,000 food items along with $1,300 in cash donations.

Snake River Jr. High was able to knock off the defending champions Mountain View Middle School.  The two schools can be very proud of their efforts, the total donations exceeded last year by more than three times. MVMS alone doubled what they brought in last year.

SRJH Principal, Bryce Salmon, stated “This became more about helping those in need and less about beating MVMS.” “The students really embraced the challenge and it was fun to see their excitement and the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate. “

Our hope for next year is that we can have a re-match of these two great competitors.

The Food Feud will ran for two weeks, beginning on April 3rd and ran through April 14th. The schools earned points by bringing in non-perishable food items or cash donations. The winning team was determined by the number of points divided by the number of students enrolled. Each school could determine how they go about soliciting food donations— grade competitions, classroom competitions, etc.

Besides bragging rights, there was a first- place prize of $1,000 that was awarded to SRJH. This award was given by the Blackfoot Rotary Club. Rotary Clubs around the world support projects to help the disadvantaged and feel strongly about the CDT and its fight against hunger in Bingham County.

The Blackfoot Community Food Pantry is grateful for these efforts because often the shelves begin to get sparse during the spring.  The donations from other drives, like the Boy Scouts, Post Office, and holiday giving, have been depleted. The Food Pantry is located at 245 West Sexton. They distribute food boxes every Wednesday to those that may be struggling to feed their families,

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Feb 24 2017

MVMS to Defend Title in 2nd Annual Food Feud

IMG_8664AWith nearly 2000 cans of food collected last year, the Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) claimed the title of Champions of the first ever Food Feud. This is a canned food drive to help stock the pantry shelves of the Community Dinner Table Food Pantry. This year they will square off against the Snake River Jr. High School. This should be a good battle, and it will not be an easy task to defend their title. MVMS Principal Wes Jensen said, “MVMS will take on any challengers”. The faculty and students are confident and ready to go to work to help those in need. Bryce Salmon, Principal at Snake River, and his school are up for the challenge.

The Food Feud will run for two weeks, beginning on April 3rd and running through April 14th. The schools can earn points by bringing in non-perishable food items or cash donations. The winning team will be determined by the number of points divided by the number of students enrolled. Each school can determine how they go about soliciting food donations— grade competitions, classroom competitions, etc. Last year MVMS got very creative.

Besides bragging rights, there is a first- place prize of $1,000 that goes to the winning school. This award is given by the Blackfoot Rotary Club. Rotary Clubs around the world support projects to help the disadvantaged and feel strongly about the CDT and its fight against hunger in Bingham County.

The CDT Food Pantry is grateful for these efforts because often the shelves begin to get sparse during the spring.  The donations from other drives, like the Boy Scouts, Post Office, and holiday giving, have been depleted. The CDT Food Pantry is located at 245 West Sexton. They distribute food boxes every Wednesday to those that may be struggling to feed their families.  This winter the number of families being served has averaged over 200 a week. The CDT also hosts a free dinner to those in need every Tuesday night from October through March at Jason Lee United Methodist Church at 168 S. University Street.

Many businesses, churches and community groups have come together to help the CDT over the years. Any help you can lend to the schools during the Food Feud would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation or drop off food during the Feud, contact the school of your choice.

Nov 29 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

img_0377A wonderful turkey dinner was served to 205 guests by CDT leaders, their families, and other volunteers on a beautiful Thanksgiving Day.  The meal included sliced turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, rolls, cranberries, vegetables and pumpkin deserts.  Piano, violin and guitar music was provided as a background to the dinner.  A special thanks goes to Corenna Cannon and Debbie Hammett  for organizing the dinner, and to the many volunteers who gave up their holiday to support this effort.  A Thanksgiving dinner has been served now for several years and provides a place to come for those who might have found themselves alone or without a holiday meal.  We are all thankful to be part of such a great community and appreciate those who volunteer on a weekly basis.

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