February 22, 2013, (Meridian, ID) – Dump Hunger celebrated its fifth year with record-breaking results, as communities across the Intermountain West rallied with Western States, Albertsons and Wells Fargo to raise 769,462 pounds of food for local food banks. The totals more than double the Dump Hunger goal of filling five dump trucks and provide much-needed resources to food banks across the Intermountain West at a time of year when donations are down and the need continues.
"Our employees, customers, partners and friends in the community always rise to the challenge for Dump Hunger, but this is the most remarkable effort yet,” said Western States President Tom Harris. “Since we started five years ago, our food bank partners have continued to experience an increased need. We take tremendous pride in helping them provide much needed resources in the communities where we live and work.”
The goal of the Dump Hunger campaign this year was to secure enough food to fill the bed of 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. While metrics vary by food bank, the Dump Hunger campaign estimates one dollar translates into five pounds of food.
The campaign relied on creative fundraising events in each region, ranging from poker and golf tournaments to on-air radio auctions. These efforts helped fuel a late surge that filled seven dump trucks in the final week, when only three trucks were filled in four weeks prior. To date Dump Hunger has gathered more than 2,750,000 pounds of food for the communities it serves.
“We are thrilled to be part of a campaign that generates so much food and support for our communities when they need it most," said Mike Clawson, president of ALBERTSONS Intermountain West. “Fighting hunger in the areas where we live and work is especially important to Albertsons, as we take pride in being your neighborhood grocer. We thank our partners, guests and team members who demonstrated how powerful our communities can be when we rally together for a great cause.”
“Being a part of the most successful campaign in Dump Hunger history speaks to the passion of everyone involved and a common commitment to giving back to our communities,” said Don Melendez, Idaho Regional president for Wells Fargo. “Our team members enjoy this partnership, especially the substantial impact it makes toward fighting hunger and supporting our friends and neighbors.”
The total of 769,462 pounds will be distributed to each community as follows:
- Idaho Falls – 212,657 lbs benefiting Idaho Foodbank
- Lewiston – 27,008 lbs benefiting The Idaho Foodbank
- Boise/Meridian – 213,706 lbs benefiting The Idaho Foodbank
- Pocatello – 36,538 lbs benefiting The Idaho Foodbank
- Twin Falls – 42,416 lbs benefiting the Salvation Army
- Hayden – 18,988 lbs benefiting Community Action Partnership
- Kalispell – 11,740 lbs benefiting Flathead Food Bank
- Missoula – 74,665 lbs benefiting Missoula Food Bank
- La Grande – 14,434 lbs benefiting Community Connection of Northeast Oregon
- Pendleton – 5,890 lbs benefiting CAPECO
- Pasco– 39,194 lbs benefiting 2nd Harvest Inland Northwest
- Spokane – 57,925 lbs benefiting 2nd Harvest Inland Northwest
- Jackson – 14,302 lbs benefiting Jackson Cupboard
Beyond the locations listed above Dump Hunger benefited communities throughout the Intermountain West region, providing critical food and monetary donations to many more local food banks and those they support.
The final total includes a gift card contribution of $10,000 from Albertsons and a $25,000 cash donation from Wells Fargo. Western States added a $10,000 dollar match, contributing $1 for every 5 pounds of food collected, while Caterpillar also donated $5,000. Basic American Foods continued its generosity and support of Dump Hunger by donating 71,000 pounds of food and another $9,600 in monetary contributions.
All donations went to participating food bank partners involved with Dump Hunger, many of which coordinate with additional community food bank partners in their network to share much needed resources.