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Aug 06 2020

Still Helping the Hungry – with Covid-19 Precautions

The Blackfoot Community Food Pantry, a part of Community Dinner Table, continues to provide a vital service to our community despite covid-19 precautions – as a drive-through service.

As the needs of the hungry in our community are compounded by concerns related to the covid-19 virus, we remain committed to doing what we can to help.  And we are VERY GRATEFUL to the generosity of those who have donated time, money & food to help us meet this goal.  We have had to make some changes in the way we meet these needs as we work to not only help the hungry in our community, but also to help prevent the spread of this virus.  Some of these changes are listed below.

Tuesday Night Dinners: Unfortunately, with the need to social distance to protect the health of our volunteers and the clients we serve, we had to discontinue our Tuesday night dinners 3 weeks early this spring.  As the fall season draws closer – the time we usually start up those dinners again – we are evaluating whether we can safely resume those dinners – and if so, what changes might need to be made.  Stay tuned for more information.

Food Pantry: Starting in mid-March, and for as long as this virus continues its threat, we are taking extra precautions at the food pantry.  Families can still come every week to receive approximately two meals worth of food weekly, but until further notice, food distribution is a drive through service to keep the possibility of viral spread to a minimum.  And for our elderly who are trying to not be out in public very much, we are delivering food to them on Thursdays.  Please call 208-557-4286 if you need assistance.   And behind the scenes we also work to keep our community safe by following the guidelines of our state and local health department, including: washing hands regularly (which we do anyway!), voluntary wearing of masks, and social distancing.