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NCO Council leads charge against hunger

GOWEN FIELD, Boise, Idaho -- The NCO Council is collecting donations for their annual food drive during June and July drill weekends.
With your help, the NCO Council hopes to collect more than 350 pounds of food and other items and double their total from last year when they collected 180 pounds that helped an estimated 100 local families.
"It is really important that people understand the staggering statistics because anyone can be in need, even someone you work with or see everyday," NCO Council chairman and 124th Services Flight lead trainer Staff Sgt. Amethyst Keaten said. "This is a project near and dear to our hearts."
The Idaho Food Bank reports that 16.3 percent of all Idahoans (198,000 people, 88,000 of them children) live in a food-insecure household. According to feedingamerica.org, the nation's largest domestic food charity, one in eight Idaho children - more than 50,000 - go to bed hungry every night.
The "wish list" provides a list of high demand items that includes more than just food items. Keaten explained that the hygiene and personal care items are in especially high demand and are often overlooked.

Wish List:
· Canned Tuna
· Peanut Butter
· Dried Beans and Peas
· Canned Meats
· Dried Meats
· Cereal
· Crackers
· Rice
· Oatmeal
· Pasta
· Sugar, Flour, Oil
· Instant Foods (non-perishable)
· Snack Foods
· Cleaning Supplies
· Personal Care Items
· Baby Formula and Baby Food


Collection boxes will be placed in each squadron building and at the dining facility. All donations will be delivered to the Idaho Food Bank and Idaho Youth Ranch Distribution Center on Monday, July 13.