What We Do
GOOD FOOD FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT
Founded in 2020 as schools and restaurants were closing, City of Good united local restaurants and growers to provide fresh, nutritious meals to children in the Boise School District, all while helping to keep culinary workers employed. Taking what was learned in the crisis, City of Good has expanded its focus to include helping food insecure members of our community, supporting local businesses, and promoting a sustainable food system and inclusive economy. To date City of Good has delivered more than 80,000 meals to food insecure neighbors in Boise.
WEEKEND FUEL KITS
Children who are guests of Interfaith Sanctuary receive fuel kits on Friday afternoons. Each box contains six meals prepared by local restaurant partners – Certified Kitchen & Bakery and Roots Zero Waste Market – and is constructed with the palate and nutritional needs of kids in mind. In 2022 alone, we delivered more than 9,000 meals to children staying at Interfaith.
FOOD PANTRY PROJECT
This unique partnership between City of Good, the Idaho Food Bank, and Global Gardens was established in the Spring of 2022 with the goal of providing fresh, locally-grown produce to neighbors facing food and nutrition insecurity. Wholesale produce is purchased from the farm in addition to surplus from markets and leftover CSA shares, and is delivered to food pantries at local Community Schools and early learning centers. Since the inception of this program in June 2022, we have distributed over 7,500 pounds of vegetables to these food pantries.
SHELF STABLE GOODS
In addition to providing local produce, City of Good also partners with local international markets and the Boise School District to provide diverse, culturally-appropriate shelf stable goods to Community School food pantries at Garfield, Morley-Nelson, Whitney, Whittier, and Taft elementary schools. City of Good places monthly wholesale orders and volunteers help pack and distribute the food from the storage site to the food pantries. The goods are purchased from local stores like Egyptian House Grocery, Food Land Market, International Grocery Market, and La Ranchera.
SENIOR FUEL KITS
City of Good partners with Southwest Idaho Area 3 Senior Services (SWIA3) to bring meal kits to low income senior (60+) caregivers that have barriers to accessing food. Fuel kits consist of six ready-to-eat meals produced by partner restaurants using 30% locally sourced food with with senior nutritional needs in mind. Every week, volunteers pick up, assemble, and deliver the kits to Boise seniors. Our partner restaurants on this project include: Bittercreek Alehouse, Gaston’s Bakery, and Bardenay Restaurant.
MEALS FOR REFUGEES
In November 2021, we began partnering with local refugee resettlement agencies like the Idaho Office for Refugees to ensure that refugees resettling in Boise receive hearty, locally prepared and culturally familiar meals. For nearly a year, City of Good delivered hundreds of meals per week to refugees staying in Boise, without kitchens or shared space, until permanent housing could be located. We have delivered nearly 15,000 meals since the program began. This program is on pause until further need arises.
City of Good is the exclusive food and beverage provider for Cafe Shakespeare at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Our menu focuses on locally-grown and produced menu items that serves Festival guests and patrons six nights per week during the summer months. By partnering with local producers we are able to provide consistent revenue to farmers and producers while exposing a new audience to both City of Good’s mission and the products available locally. Not only is this a direct support for a sustainable, local food system but it is a unique opportunity to speak directly with a new audience who can learn about and support our mission.
What’s in a Fuel Kit?
Fuel kits contain nutritious meals created by local restaurants, tailored to the recipient. Whether for kids or seniors, fuel kits are made with love and a lot of local ingredients. Sample foods include: Pizza making kits, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, sandwich wraps, fruit parfaits, oatmeal, enchiladas, rice bowls, homemade muffins, and more! View our list of partner restaurants and growers here.
These meals have been invaluable to our families. They have also given our social workers a lifeline to some of the most marginalized kids. I just want to make sure you all understand how much these meals mean to our students and families. Like one student said, ‘people really care’.
– BOISE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS EMPLOYEE
HOW WE SUPPORT REFUGEES
Last fall, hundreds of refugee families left Afghanistan to resettle in Boise. City of Good, in partnership with the Idaho Office for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee (IRC Boise), answered the call to help provide meals to these children and families. Since October, City of Good has sourced and delivered thousands of warm, ready-to-eat, culturally familiar meals from local Afghan restaurants: Food Land Market, Ishtar, and Kabob House. We have worked through logistical challenges, language barriers, and rising food costs, but knowing these families feel welcome, safe, and fed makes it all worth it.
City of Good partnered with the Idaho Office for Refugees and local Middle Eastern restaurants to provide warm, familiar meals to families in transition who were temporarily living in hotels. These individuals’ lives had been abruptly uprooted, and they now found themselves in an unfamiliar country with new customs, new foods, and for many, a new language. When the challenges seem overwhelming, a shared meal can send the message that you are wanted, you belong, and together we have the strength to face the journey ahead.
– HOLLY BEECH, IDAHO OFFICE FOR REFUGEES