The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, in conjunction with Feeding Children Everywhere, Albertsons and The Idaho Foodbank, will work together to create more than 61,000 meals for Idaho’s local communities as part of the “Albertsons Tackle Hunger” project.

Hosted at Bishop Kelly High School on Monday, December 17th, the meals will be assembled by the two opposing teams competing in the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.  The first of many community-oriented events during bowl week, the Albertsons Tackle Hunger project will rely on the brawn of the two teams, staff and university personnel, as well as community volunteers to assemble the meals in a 90-minute flurry of activity.  Albertsons is expecting that as the music blares, hairnets are applied and meals are packaged, that the assembly line will result in a competitive and productive event that results in the teams working side-by-side to make a real impact to stop hunger.

“Feeding Children Everywhere is changing the way that we address hunger here in the states and across the globe,” said David Green, CEO of FCE.  “We are excited to partner with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to create a fun and meaningful event.  The meals produced will add to the more than 110,000,000 meals that have been created and distributed since we started in 2010.  I want to thank Albertsons for sponsoring this event and look forward to seeing how many meals can be produced by this year’s bowl participants.”

“This year’s event is especially timely, as The Idaho Foodbank works to deliver 2.7 million meals in the last two months of the year to thousands of Idahoans who struggle to put food on the table,” said Karen Vauk, President and CEO of The Idaho Foodbank. “This collaboration is an excellent example of like-missioned organizations partnering to exponentially increase the impact to the food insecure that we serve every day.”

The addition of 61,000 meals supports The Idaho Foodbank’s vision of a hunger-free Idaho and as it serves approximately 179,000 Idahoans who face food insecurity during the holiday season and throughout the year.

“It is important to the Bowl committee to expand on its charitable donation efforts every year.  With the support of Albertsons, we are able to make this year’s event a reality and provide a substantial amount of meals and nutrients that we hope will feed more than 61,000 people locally and across the state,” said Kevin McDonald, Executive Director of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.  “Boise’s business community is unique in its support of local charities, and I would like to recognize each of the key sponsors, especially Albertsons, in allowing the bowl to better the community that we live in.”

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will host Western Michigan from the Mid-American Conference and BYU on Friday, Dec. 21, at 2:00 p.m. (MT) at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.  Tickets for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are on sale to the general public through famousidahopotatobowl.com or the Albertsons Stadium ticket office.