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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Nov 03 2016

Dinner is Served

img_0217The dinners have started again for the 2016-2017 season and both guests and volunteers are happy to see them back on the calendar.  Each Tuesday night, through the winter months, a dinner is served at the Methodist church in Blackfoot to the hungry and those that may just need a friend to talk to.  Numerous faith and community organizations have volunteered to provide the meals each week.  On November 1st  302 guests were served a meal of spaghetti, corn, garlic bread, carrot sticks with ranch dip, and a cookie for dessert.  Activities were provided for 32 children who enjoyed making Christmas ornaments out of pine cones.  The guests also enjoyed entertainment that was provided by the Kevin Young family.

Thanks goes to all the volunteers throughout the community that so generously give of their time and resources to support this effort.  It is a wonderful thing to see friends and neighbors working together side by side in such a great cause!

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Oct 23 2016

Scouting for Food Drive

img_1646The Blackfoot Community Food Pantry along with SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) received thousands of canned and dry goods on Saturday, October 15th.  Boy Scouts from the area went to the doors of homes throughout the community picking up food items that families had left on their doorsteps.

The food was then consolidated in central locations, sorted by food type, and hauled to the Food Pantry where it was unloaded and stacked.  Volunteers at the Pantry, including scouting leaders, helped to further sort the food items and then boxed it and stored it for use throughout the year.

A big thanks goes to the Boy Scouts of America and to the local scouts and leaders in our community who organized this massive effort.  Of course none of it would be possible without the generous donations of each family in the community who left a bag of food on their doorstep!  We live in a great place and recognize the kindness of those who shared their food with others who might be less fortunate.

This food drive provides the largest influx of food items for both CDT and SEICAA during the year and both organizations are grateful for the help in both food and labor provided.

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Oct 23 2016

Day of the Corn – 2016

On Saturday morning, September 24th, volunteers young and old, turned out to support what is now known as the “day of the corn”!  This service project provides corn for both the community dinners that are held throughout the winter months each Tuesday evening and as supplemental food for those receiving help at the Blackfoot Food Pantry.

img_2754cOn this brisk fall morning thousands of ears of corn were generously donated by Richard Johnson of Grove City Gardens.  Richard provided the equipment to harvest the corn and volunteers then husked, cleaned and transported it to the Methodist Church in Blackfoot.  Youth groups from local churches helped with this task as they have done in all previous years.  A new crew took the corn and blanched it, after which teams removed the kernels from the cobs.  The corn was then packaged and stored in the freezers at the Blackfoot Food Pantry for use throughout the year.

A special thanks goes out each year to the Johnsons for their generous donation and support of CDT and the community.  They have been providing corn for use at CDT since the first corn day seven years ago.  A big thanks also goes to all the volunteers that donated their time, tools, cookers and trucks to help harvest, prepare, and process the corn.  The fruits of their labor will be enjoyed by many through the coming winter months!

A few pictures of the activity are shown below.

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Sep 30 2016

EIRMC food donations – you can help

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) is celebrating their 30 year anniversary and to that end, they have launched a website with a historical look-back at www.eirmc30years.com.   As part of their anniversary, they are giving back to the communities that have supported them by collecting 30,000 canned goods to donate to eleven food banks in their service area, including the Community Dinner Table in Blackfoot.

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The following information comes from EIRMC and describes how the donation works.
1.  Invite your work colleagues, friends and family to visit www.eirmc30years.com and virtually donate.    Simply click on the donate button and EIRMC will buy the cans for you!
2. Share the news on social media, in your schools, churches, neighborhoods.  We’d love for everyone to be involved!
3. Contribute to the cause!  There is a grocery cart in the cafeteria and the main lobby; we’d so appreciate your donations of canned goods for people in need.  Just remember, please no bagged, boxed, or glass containers—canned items only for hospital infection control reasons.
The collected food will be donated to the Community Food Basket, Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, North Fremont Food Pantry, Jefferson County Food Bank, Cornerstone Pentecostal Food Bank, North Bingham County Community Food Bank, and Community Dinner Table (Blackfoot Community Pantry), Family Crisis Center, and Teton Valley Food Bank.
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Jul 17 2016

Great time at the Barbecue

IMG_9300Once again CDT invited the community to come together for a summer barbecue held at Courthouse Park.  The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all.  Doug Eddington and his band played music throughout the evening which provided a great backdrop to a warm summer evening.  Thanks goes to the young women volunteers from the Blackfoot LDS 12th Ward  for helping to serve.  Thanks also goes to the CDT board and the many other volunteers for helping organize and provide the dinner.

 

 

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May 27 2016

MVMS wins Food Feud

image003The first annual “Food Feud” was won by Blackfoot’s Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) in a competition with Blackfoot High School.  The winner  was announced at the Tommy Vaughn’s Marathon and More on Saturday, May 21st at Jensen’s Grove . The objective of the competition was to help fight hunger in Blackfoot and Bingham county, especially when the supplies begin to diminish in the spring.  Principal Wes Jensen, said the students and faculty really embraced the challenge and we’re excited to compete. They had internal  competitions among the various classrooms and grades. The combined effort of both schools brought in roughly 2,500 cans of food as well as $300 in donations. But in the end the middle school came out victorious.  Because of their efforts they won the $1,000 prize donated by the Blackfoot Rotary club.

“For the first feud, we were happy with the results and feel like this can grow into an annual tradition, that just gets bigger and bigger”, said Christian Utley , CDT board member.  Speaking about Food Feud, Principal Jensen enthusiastically said “their school will take on any challengers next year, so bring it on!”

The CDT board would like to thank both schools for their generosity, and a special thanks to Blackfoot Rotary club for their generous donation to the winning team.

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May 22 2016

Community Garden Spring Cleanup

IMG_0327Each year the garden keeps improving and this year was no exception.  The cleanup went quickly and many of those with plots had already prepared and planted.

To help prepare the garden for the season members of the Blackfoot LDS Young Single Adult wards met on Saturday, April 30th with shovels, rakes, rototillers, and enthusiasm to pull weeds, clean debris, and prepare the plots for planting.  A big thanks goes out to all those who volunteered their time to make the Garden such an asset to the community!

To learn more about the Blackfoot Community Garden click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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