Help the Broncos Tackle Hunger
Oct. 4, 2016

BOISE, Idaho -- The Ninth Annual Hunger Bowl is coming, and this year's edition promises to put an innovative and successful spin on an annual tradition.

Boise State has once again teamed up with The Idaho Foodbank, The Salvation Army and the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries to help in the effort to solve hunger as the organizations prepare for the busy fall and winter seasons. This year's Hunger Bowl campaign will involve the same stakeholders in hunger relief, but instead of limiting Bronco fans and the generous community to giving on the day of the Hunger Bowl -- Thursday, Oct. 20 at Albertsons Stadium when the Broncos take on BYU -- supporters will be able to give throughout the month of October.

From Oct. 1-20, fans can immediately donate directly to the campaign by texting "TOUCHDOWN" to 41444. People can also go to to give.

"The Hunger Bowl is an opportunity for all of Bronco Nation to get involved and make sure families are able to spend the holidays around the dinner table, not wondering where their next meal is coming from," Boise State Director of Athletics Curt Apsey said. "We talk all the time with our student-athletes about giving back to a community that has done so much for us, and we're once again excited to partner with organizations that are making a difference in the Treasure Valley every single day."

Each dollar raised during the campaign will be split equally among The Idaho Foodbank, The Salvation Army and the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries.

In Feeding America's 2016 release of their study "Map the Meal Gap," they estimated more than 240,000 Idahoans may not know where they'll get their next meal. That's one in seven Idahoans and one in five Idaho kids. Supporting the Hunger Bowl campaign will bring meals to the tables of the families who need it most in our communities.

The campaign enables supporters to give as their budgets and time permit, any day from Oct. 1-20, all with the convenience of using their smart phones or computer device.

Help tackle hunger. To donate any amount by credit or debit card, text "TOUCHDOWN" to 41444.

The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, the Foodbank has distributed more than 151 million pounds of food to Idaho families through a network of more than 230 community-based partners. These include rescue missions, church pantries, emergency shelters and community kitchens. The Foodbank also operates direct-service programs that promote healthy families and communities through good nutrition.

About The Salvation Army Boise: Since 1887, The Salvation Army Boise has provided help for the most basic needs of local Ada County residents without regard to race, creed or social status. The Salvation Army's services include programs that help people transition from crisis to safety and stability--365 days a year. Last year, The Salvation Army services assisted 38,000 youth, adults and seniors across Ada County. All local programs are funded 100% by local donations.

Founded in 1958, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries is a nonprofit organization committed to meeting the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of homeless and addicted individuals in the Boise and Nampa, ID areas. Our sole purpose is to see the lives of men, women and children in our community truly transformed.

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