People donate time and resources for the Meridian food drive


This is the fourth year that Interfaith Drive-Thru has collected food and blankets and after seeing success last year, organizers have said they want to expand their reach.

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Even on a blustery and cold day, donation season continued at Interfaith Food Drive-Thru in Meridian. People across Treasure Valley donated their non-perishable foods, blankets and time to help those in need.

“I think it’s important that everyone gives back during this time of year and really throughout the year,” said Meridian Mayor Robert Simison, who volunteered for the event. of the Sunday food drive. “That’s what really makes Meridian a special place. We have so many people who make it happen.”

This is the fourth year that Interfaith Drive-Thru has collected food and blankets, and after seeing success last year, organizers have said they want to expand their reach. Donations will go to the Meridian Food Bank, Star Outreach, local homeless shelters and refugees entering Treasure Valley.

“I love the sense of community you get when you are here,” said Celeste Smith, the coordinator of Just Serve who organized the Sunday food drive. “It’s the sense of community that everyone comes together and helping out is amazing.”

From local churches to businesses, groups of all ages have come together to collect canned goods. The Meridian City Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) was a large volunteer presence at the collection.

“We sort the dry food and the canned goods and glassware. We make sure everything is organized for the people on the other side of the truck,” said Sophie Robbins, 16, president of MYAC on Sunday.

Meridian MYAC is made up of approximately 70 Treasure Valley high school students who throughout the year plan community projects, develop leadership skills and more. The group focuses on three areas, leadership, government affairs and community service.

“This is a great opportunity for these young people to get involved and connect, to understand how local government works and how to get involved in community service opportunities across our region,” explained the senior advisor of MYAC Sahand Keshavrz-Rahbar.

Robbins, who has been with the band for about three years, was inspired by the positive changes they made to the community. Robbins’ older sister had been with MYAC before and witnessed how they served Treasure Valley.

“Community service is truly rewarding for everyone involved, which MYAC has taught me,” said Robbins.

For Robbins, seeing other teens and classmates volunteer, even on a cold day outside, is what MYAC is all about.

“Seeing the community come together for such a great cause like this and so many other great things we’ve done this year is so inspiring,” said Robbins.

Smith said around 200 to 250 blankets were donated. Food banks are still counting the amount of donations, but Smith told KTVB at least one truck was full during the two-hour collection. They expect to have a final food count within the next two days.

The group also collected cash donations.

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