BOISE, Idaho (February 20, 2008) – Your Idaho Stampede have partnered with CBS 2 Eyewitness News to put together a food drive to benefit the Idaho Foodbank. On February 22nd and February 23rd, as the Stampede take on Anaheim, fans are encouraged to donate two cans of food or two dollars. In return, fans will receive a free ticket with the purchase of a ticket to any of the remaining Idaho Stampede regular season games.

“We are excited to team up with CBS 2 Eyewitness News, to help bring meals to members of the community in need,” said Idaho Stampede President and General Manager, Steve Brandes.

The state of Idaho was ranked the 13th hungriest state in 2006, an improvement from the 8th hungriest state in 2003-2005. In fiscal 2007, the Idaho Foodbank and their agencies distributed 4.8 million pounds of food, and members of the community of Idaho, received assistance 7,729,884 times.

“The food drive the Stampede and CBS 2 put on makes a huge difference in the community,” said Idaho Foodbank Executive Director, Roger Simon. “With the holidays just getting over, this drive comes at a perfect time of the year.”

CBS 2 News recognized hunger to be a big problem among many citizens of Idaho, and wanted to find a way to help. This is the 2nd Annual Food Drive CBS 2 has put on with the Stampede. Last year the drive collected around 29,000 pounds of food to go to the Idaho Foodbank. This year, CBS 2 has a goal of donating 50,000 pounds of food to the Idaho Foodbank.

The CBS 2 food drive began on February 11th and will continue until March 16th.

About the Idaho Food Bank
The Idaho Foodbank in an efficient and caring manner, provides food, information, and supportive services to hungry people through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations, and individuals by serving as a central clearinghouse for donated and purchased food.