May 03 2018

Snake River JR High Wins 2018 Food Feud

The 2018 third annual Food Feud is in the books. The two week canned food drive to help stock the pantry shelves was a huge success. This year’s contest brought in over 4,100 pounds of food and nearly $500 in cash donations. A big thanks to both Snake River Jr. High School and Mountain View Middle School for all their efforts.

SRJH narrowly defeated the MVMS 7.19 points per student vs. 5.57 points per student. This was the second year the two schools have matched up in the feud.  The students, faculty, and staff have embraced the idea of helping the CDT Food Pantry.

Both school principals Bryce Salmon, SRJH and Wes Jensen, MVMS, were extremely proud of the efforts of the students and how they rallied to help the community in which they live. Having the young people of Bingham County learn generosity and service above self will take them far.

Service above self also happens to be one of the Blackfoot Rotary Clubs slogans. This is the third year in a row they have donated $1,000 to the winning school. Troy Eppich, club president is happy  to be a supporter of such a great group as Community Dinner Table. He is amazed how it has brought so many different groups together for a common purpose.

 

Apr 29 2018

Recognition Dinner 2018 – Two Board Members Depart

The annual CDT recognition dinner was held April 18th with thanks being given to all the volunteers that helped throughout the past year.  Also recognized and thanked were the many corporate and philanthropic organizations that help keep CDT running and providing for so many in the community.

At the dinner two of the founding board members were recognized for the service given over the past decade.  Ron Thompson, who with Lee Hemmett developed the original concept for CDT, will be leaving the board as he prepares to serve an LDS mission with his wife Mindy.

Dale Christiansen, who also helped organize what would become CDT, will be leaving the board as he and his wife Susan also prepare to serve a mission.  Dale will be replaced by Randy Shiosaki who was present at the dinner.  Ron’s replace is current being determined.

We will certainly miss both Ron and Dale on the board, but look forward to Randy and Ron’s replacement as they prepare to take on these new responsibilities in our community.

 

 

 

 

Apr 11 2018

New Orleans Saints Josh Hill Supports Pantry

On April 9th, Josh Hill, former tight end on the Blackfoot State Championship football team of 2008-09, and currently starting tight end for the New Orleans Saints, signed autographs here in Blackfoot at the High School.  Hill just completed his 5th season with the Saints.

Autograph seekers were to bring food for CDT so that they could have a chance at winning a Josh Hill Saint’s jersey.  Jackie Young and Lee Hammett represented CDT at the event. It was estimated that close to 1,000 lbs. of food was donated.

Josh’s Mother, Jane Hill works for 1st American Title, and is very familiar with the Blackfoot Community Pantry, as she and the 1st American Title crew supplied Pantry clients with pet food once a month for nearly a year.  The food will be delivered to the Pantry on Friday, April 13th.

Apr 06 2018

3rd Annual FOOD FEUD

Snake River Jr. High is set to defend their title against Mountain View Middle School

 In 3rd Annual FOOD FEUD

 

The 3rd annual food feud will be a re-match of 2017 participants. Snake River Jr. High vs. Mountain View Middle School. SRJH was the eventual winner after a hard-fought competition last year. The winner is determined by the number of points earned.   Points are based on the following point system: 1 point for a can/box of food; 2 Raman noodles = 1 point; $1 = 2 points; Bulk food rice/potatoes etc. 1 point per lb.  A total of 8732 points were earned last year which included thousands of cans/boxes of food and $1,300 in cash donations as well.  All of which were used for the Blackfoot Community Pantry, operated by Community Dinner Table, Inc. “CDT”.

The 2018 Food Feud will run for two weeks, beginning on April 16th and will run through April 30th. 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 Snake River really got fired up, Principal Bryce Salmon stated, “that the kids were not so much interested in beating MVMS, but rather helping those in need”.

Besides bragging rights, a traveling trophy was also designed by the students and faculty of the SRJH that will be displayed at the winning school. There is also 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 the local chapter feels strongly about supporting CDT and its fight against hunger in Bingham County.

The Blackfoot Community Pantry is grateful for these efforts because often the shelves are bare come spring time.  The donations from other drives, like the Boy Scouts, and holiday giving, have been depleted. The Blackfoot Community 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 Food pantry served nearly 500 families each month and averaged over 250 families a week. This translates to 700-900 cans of food per week. Ronda Cheatham, Food Pantry Director said, “I just want everyone to know how much this food drive has meant to us.  It keeps us in canned goods through the summer.  We have had trouble with that in the past.”

CDT also hosts a free dinner to the community every Tuesday night from October through March at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church at 168 S. University Street. This year they will hit 65,000 meals served since their inception.

Many businesses, churches and community groups have come together to help 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, please contact the school of your choice.

 

Feb 21 2018

Frozen Frisbee Fundraiser

The South Fork Disk Golf Club out of Idaho Falls selected Blackfoot to host their annual winter “Ice Bowl”.  In addition to having a great time playing disk golf, the club uses this event as a fundraiser for local charities.  This year Community Dinner Table (CDT) was selected to receive the canned goods that were donated by club members.  This is their way to thank and give back to the communities in the area.

The event, led by Shawn Cafferty and Dave Oakley, saw 51 participants come to Blackfoot with most of a trailer being filled with the food donations.  All items were taken to the Food Pantry to be used in the weekly food distribution. It turned out to be a predictably cool day, but everyone seemed to have a great time.  No doubt, those attending were looking forward to the blue skies and green grass of summer.

CDT wants to recognize and give a big thanks to the South Fork Disk Golf Club for their generosity and thinking of us here in Blackfoot and Bingham County.  We are eager to have them come back and enjoy the course in July!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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