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‘Support Local Gems’ encourages Idahoans to buy local: U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and the Idaho Department of Commerce announced the creation of “Support Local Gems,” an all-day event to support Idaho small businesses whose operations have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Friday, April 24, Idahoans are invited to Support Local Gems by giving their business to their favorite local shops and restaurants. Idahoans can get involved by shopping at small businesses online, purchasing gift cards for future use or for loved ones, ordering take-out or delivery from local restaurants, writing a review online, posting on social media about a local business, or simply saying thank you.
Following the April 24 event, Idaho Commerce and Visit Idaho will continue to promote awareness of the Support Local Gems program by sharing resources as well as the stories of Idaho communities, citizens, and small businesses on visitidaho.org and across its social media channels.
“Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic comeback because we are making difficult changes in how we live and work in the short-term, and our small businesses need our support more than ever,” Gov. Brad Little said in a prepared statement. “I urge all citizens to support small business on Friday, April 24th.”
If your organization or small business would like to get involved in the Support Local Gems initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Idaho State Department of Education announced it is offering USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants to local elementary schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and have more than 50% of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Applications are due May 8 and can be found at www.sde.idaho.gov/events/awards-grants.html or by calling Child Nutrition Programs at 208-332-6820. Selected schools will receive the grants from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Schools will be awarded $50 to $75 per student for the school year to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables for the program.
‘Classroom Idaho’: Idaho Public Television’s “Classroom Idaho: Learn @ Home” programming starts Monday, a resource geared toward families without computers or internet access. Certified Idaho teachers will provide instruction to students grades 3-6 via Idaho Public Television’s Create channel (digital channel .3). Instruction begins at 8 a.m. for third-graders, with the next grade beginning every hour through noon. The instruction will be aligned with what the students would be learning if they could still be attending their brick-and-mortar schools. The same lesson plans also will be available in playlists for students with connectivity at IdahoPTV’s YouTube channel. The effort is a partnership among IdahoPTV, the State Board of Education and Idaho Business for Education.
Walmart announced it is launching a pickup hour for people most at-risk for COVID-19. Each day the hour from 7-8 a.m. at select pickup store locations will be reserved for customers over the age of 60, as well as first responders, customers with disabilities and anyone designated high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pickup associates are also following enhanced distancing and sanitation procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Customers open their trunk, and associates load groceries in, with no need to sign for the order. Customers will see a new prompt on Walmart.com/grocery that displays the qualifications for selecting the slot listed as ‘At Risk Only.’
The Salvation Army Treasure Valley Corps offers drive-thru food service in Boise from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Food delivery service is available in Ada County. The Salvation Army Treasure Valley Corps also offers financial assistance. This could include rent or mortgage and utility assistance. For more information call 208-343-5429visit: or visit https://salarmy.us/COVID-19Services.
Idaho Humane Society has opened a pet food pantry program through a grant from GreaterGood.org. The program intends to provide pet food assistance to not only individuals affected by COVID-19 in the Treasure Valley, but also as a pet food bank for shelters and organizations across Idaho, Idaho Humane Society announced in a press release. The Pet Food Pantry is a year-round safety-net program designed primarily to provide resources to struggling pet owners in need of assistance through a monthly distribution. Owners needing assistance can sign up for the program online. Applicants may email email@example.com if they can’t make it during our upcoming distribution dates at the Dorman shelter, 4775 Dorman St.:
- Wednesday, April 29 3–5 p.m.
- Sunday, May 3 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 27 3–5 p.m.
- Sunday, June 14 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 24 3–5 p.m.
“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors across Idaho who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and look forward to assisting even more families and animals through this generous grant,” Kristine Schellhaas, communications manager at the Idaho Humane Society, said in the press release.
If community members would like to contribute to the Pet Food Pantry or would like more information visit: https://idahohumanesociety.org/shelter-services/pet-food-pantry/.
A Giving Circle INC announced it has created a community-wide donation fund to rapidly help local businesses. The goal is to raise $50,000 over the next 8-10 weeks. Since the fund was established in early April, over $10,000 has been raised. Every week on Friday A Giving Circle will give between $1,000 and $5,000 to a local business in need. The next donation will be made April 24. Anyone who wishes to make a donation or nominate a local business is encouraged to go to www.CovidAidBoise.com, or visit A Giving Circle’s Facebook page Small business selections will be prioritized for emergency funding based on need, urgency and overall community impact. The first donations were $2,500 each to Big City Coffee and Guru Donuts.
“It is the opinion of the Board for A Giving Circle that we must act quickly in order to provide local businesses the support they need to weather the storm brought on by this virus,” Nick Schlekeway, president, stated in a press release. “Our community cannot afford to wait until later in the year and we cannot afford to take the time in preparing for a traditional auction-gala.”
Motorfest 2020 Canceled: The annual 2020 Geico Treasure Valley Motorfest scheduled for July 11-12 has been canceled. However, the raffling of a 2020 Pace Journey 20-foot enclosed trailer will still be held, on Aug. 22, with proceeds benefiting the Idaho Veterans and the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. Learn more at MotorfestBoise.com. “This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but the event management determined this is the right decision and the most responsible action to take to insure the health and safety of the community during this time,” event organizers stated in the press release.
Please note: All resources will continue to be assessed and updated as more information about the novel coronavirus becomes available. Information is gathered from each organization’s website or press releases.