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2018 Planning Committee Meetings

posted Jan 30, 2018, 2:00 PM by Karla Marie

The committee planning meetings for this year's Feeding the 5000 is now meeting. Next meeting is Tuesday at the Idaho Foodbank located at 555 S 1st Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201. If you are interested in helping at this annual event to help feed the hungry, come join us.  

2018 Feeding the 5000 Grocery Store Collection

posted Apr 13, 2017, 11:11 AM by Karla Marie   [ updated Mar 3, 2018, 2:40 PM by Karla Reynolds ]

Saturday, March 10th, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM community members representing feeding the 5000 families food drive will be at the following local grocery stores to collect food for the Idaho Foodbank: 


Ridley’s (both stores)


While you are shopping, remember the food bank is always in need of peanut butter, cereal, canned meat & tuna, pasta, rice, beans, chili and canned fruit. Monetary donations will be gladly accepted as well, the Idaho Foodbank can provide 4 meals for every dollar that is donated.

2017 Progressive Dinner

posted Apr 9, 2017, 8:37 AM by Karla Marie   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

April 8th, 2017 - Feeding the Hungry. 

The 2017 Feeding the 5000 committee extends a heartfelt, “Thank You!!” to the Pocatello folks who braved cold and windy spring weather to attend the Progressive dinner last evening.  We also are grateful to the various local churches and the congregations who  provided the food and venues.  100% of the money raised went to the Foodbank. Over 4,000 meals will be provided to the hungry in our community as a result of this annual event!  

Appetizers at First Presbyterian.

ISU Students at Central Christian, serving soup and salad course.

Enjoying main course served at LDS church.

Friendly servers at the LDS church!

Please come and light a candle to fight hunger.

posted Mar 15, 2017, 2:56 PM by Karla Reynolds   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 1:52 PM by Karla Marie ]

Feeding the 5000 families food drive will be having a candlelight service on March 24, 2018 at Community of Christ located at 4588 Bannock Highway beginning at 7:00 pm. The service is designed to bring awareness to the hungry in our community. This candlelight service is being held in connection with the feeding the 5000 families food drive, an interfaith group in its 20
th year helping provide food and money to our local care agencies.
We invite the general public to attend this free community event and learn about hunger in our community. At this service, we will hear this through prayer, music, and readings of hunger in our community. There will be an opportunity at this service to make a donation of a non-perishable food items and/ or monetary donations to the Idaho Foodbank.

According to the Idaho Foodbank website 15.6% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 250,830 people or 1 in 6and 17.3% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 274,230 people or 1 in 6 and 21.1% of Idaho’s children are food insecure – 90,240 children or 1 in 5.Our local branch of the Idaho Foodbank can provide 4 meals from a one dollar donation.

Hunger persists in the United States, 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children, live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents approximately 14 percent of households (17.4 million households) were food insecure in the United States.

Please come and light a candle to fight hunger.

2017 Opening Celebration

posted Mar 13, 2017, 7:06 PM by Karla Reynolds   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 7:10 PM ]

The Idaho Children's Choir performing at the Opening Celebration. One of the many groups who lent their time talents to raise awareness of hunger in our community. The venue was packed! We raised 2090.00 from the offering for the Idaho Foodbank. That will provide enough 4360 meals to feed hungry idahoans.  Thank you to the churches and  groups that participants. And thank you to all who attended  to support their neighbors and friends! 

What a great way to kick off this food drive.


Linda Jones, the original organizer of the Feeding the 5000 Families traveled to Pocatello to help us celebrate 20 years!  

2015 Closing Celebration

posted Apr 20, 2015, 7:37 PM by Karla Marie

Celebrating another successful food drive! We raised over $7,000 dollars and 3400 pounds of food. That does not count the matching grants we got from several local businesses! 

2015 Closing Celebration

posted Apr 18, 2015, 9:09 AM by Karla Marie

Come celebrate the end of a successful campaign Monday at the Idaho Foodbank, 555 S. First in Pocatello. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. and is free to the public, although it is asked that you bring either a can of chili or vegetables. They will be used to make the Mulligan stew and served after the service. Any leftover canned items will be donated to the food drive.
   They will be celebrating with music and scripture as they conclude a very successful interfaith food drive and would like to community to celebrate with them.   You can find out additional information about all activities and events at feedingthe5000.org. For more information about the closing celebration, please contact Jolene at 317-5856 as well as the Idaho Foodbank at 233-8811.
2014 closing event

2015 Progressive Dinner

posted Feb 26, 2015, 9:03 AM by Karla Marie   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 9:18 AM ]

Gather a group of friends and enjoy  an evening out  while  help feed the hungry in our community!  Park your car and walk to all 4 venues. The food is prepared by  local church congregations and you will not leave the hungry! 100% of  your donation will go to The Idaho Foodbank. 

 Interfaith Progressive Dinner: Saturday, March 14th, 2015. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. 100% of the proceeds go to The Idaho Foodbank. For tickets contact a participating location or the Idaho Food Bank at 233-8811. You can also but tickets at the door. 

Time Course Location Address
5:30PM - 6:00PM
Appetizer First Presbyterian Church 202 S. 7th Ave
6:00PM - 6:30PM
Soup & Salad Central Christian Church 918 E. Center
6:30PM - 7:00PM
Main Course LDS Church at Caldwell Park
Lewis and 7th
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Dessert St. Anthony Catholic Church     7th & Wyeth

Join our 2015 Planning Committee

posted Jan 16, 2015, 4:54 PM by Karla Marie   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 5:46 PM ]

The planning committee for the 18th annual Feeding the 5000 Families Campaign  is  meeting every other Tuesday at the Idaho Foodbank located on 555 South 1st Avenue, Pocatello, ID from 12 noon to 1PM. Our goal is to raise awareness of hunger in our community and procure food and monetary donations for our local Foodbank.  Our next meeting is On January 27th. 

Our campaign runs thru April 20th 2015 with the closing celebration. 

Representatives from all faiths and organizations are welcome!

First United Methodist hosts annual kickoff on Saturday

posted Mar 6, 2014, 5:43 PM by Karla Reynolds

A group performs at a prior year’s Feeding the 5,000 Families event at St. Joseph’s church. This year’s kickoff concert is Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Pocatello.

Feeding the 5,000 Families’ 17th annual interfaith kickoff concert will be Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. The event begins at 6:45 p.m.

    Local performers from area faith communities donate their time to make this a unique and special event. The prelude welcome will be “I Am the Light of the World,” “We Are Called,” “Love Grows Here,” “Until We Are Fed” are performed by the Rejoice Singers from First United Methodist Church.

he invocation will be given by Father John Worster, Holy Spirit Catholic Community. Greetings and introduction of committee members will be made by Laura McKnight, Holy Spirit Catholic Community and Jeanne Drais, First Presbyterian Church. The Scripture reading of Isaiah 58:6-7 will be by Dawn McLaughlin with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Presenting the 2014 theme song, “This Is the Fast I Choose,” will be Norma Boyd, with Kristen Stucki singing. Remarks will be made by Rebecca Ristrem of the Idaho Foodbank, and the song, “Friend of God, You Are Good,” led by Stephanie Evans, will be performed by members of Praise Temple of God Church.

  “One Thing, I Say a Prayer,” will be sung by Scott Elliot of Grace Lutheran Church, and “Celebration, Believe,” will be played by the Celebration Ringers of First Presbyterian Church, led by Chris Roskelley. “Thou Knowest, Lord” and “I Will Trust in the Lord” will be directed by Trent Clegg of the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir.

    Organ selections will be performed by Derek Schaible of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and “Angels Watching over Me,” a violin number, will be performed by Sarah Hibbert of the LDS Church. “Elijah and Joshua,” “Music Down in My Soul,” will be sung by the Reflections Choir, directed by Dede Hegstead and accompanied by Rachael Kowallis. “Amazing Grace” and “I Touched His Robe” will be sung by Melissa Nielson of the LDS Church, accompanied by David Bowen of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

    “Nearer My God to Thee,” “It Is Well, Always” and “You’ve Got to Have Heart” will be sung by the Idaho Gateway Chorus, directed by Toukine Deakin. The second performance of the theme song, “My Kind of Fast,” will be reprised by Norma Boyd, accompanied by Kristen Stucki.

    The concert ends with the benediction, made by Pastor Jacqualine Thomas of Praise Temple of God Church.

    Monetary and non-perishable food items will be accepted at the concert and donated to the Idaho Foodbank. The concert is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

    For more information on upcoming activities, you can go to feedingthe5000.org.

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