When the calendar turns to January, donations to local food banks drop dramatically – a 36% decrease on average in Idaho alone.  In order to help fill the banks, Western States CAT plans to fill five dump trucks and raise 375,000 pounds for community food banks across the Intermountain West.

Dump Hunger began January 7 and runs through February 8, 2013 throughout Idaho.  The goal of the 2013 campaign is to fill five CAT 730 dump trucks, the industry’s largest payload vehicle in its class, which are individually capable of holding 75,000 pounds of food.

Food donations to the campaign can be made at any Western States CAT location, participating Albertsons stores or Wells Fargo locations. Western States CAT and Wells Fargo locations also accept monetary contributions for the campaign. Donations made to Dump Hunger stay in the local communities, supporting food banks at the most critical time of year. Participating food banks with online donation capabilities are also listed at www.westernstatescat.com/dumphunger.

Ways to Donate:

If you are interested in donating food to Dump Hunger can do so at any Western States location or participating Albertsons stores and Wells Fargo branches in Idaho. More details are available at www.westernstatescat.com/dumphunger.

 Items of Greatest Need:

Every donation makes a difference, as many regional food banks are experiencing continued increases in requests for help compared to last year. Second Harvest has seen the need for its services increase by 25% compared to the previous year alone. While specific needs vary, each food bank can use the following items:

  • Boxed Meals  (Mac &Cheese, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meals (soup, chili, stew, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Dried beans
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Stuffing mix
  • Pasta sauce