Our Work

Founded in 2020 as schools and restaurants were closing, City of Good united local restaurants and growers to provide fresh, nutritious meals to food insecure children in the Boise School District, all while paying living wages to farmers and culinary workers. Taking what was learned in the crisis, City of Good expanded its focus to address changing community needs. To date, City of Good has distributed over 100,000 nutritious, restaurant-made meals to children, refugees, seniors, and others lacking access to the food they need. We’ve also distributed over 50,000 pounds of local produce and over $45,000 worth of culturally-appropriate shelf stable goods to school pantries and early learning centers for kids to take home.

Our Programs

FUEL KITS

WEEKEND FUEL KITS

One of City of Good’s flagship programs, the Weekend Fuel Kit program centers on providing fresh, nutritious, child-friendly meals to children experiencing food and nutrition insecurity. Kits are lovingly prepared by our long-time local restaurant partners – Certified Kitchen & Bakery and Roots Zero Waste Market – and provide enough food to last through the weekend. Since 2020, we have delivered more than 50,000 meals to children living as guests at Interfaith Sanctuary and students at Boise School District Community Schools.

SENIOR FUEL KITS
City of Good partners with Southwest Idaho Area 3 Senior Services Agency (SWIA3) to bring meal kits to low-income seniors (60+) that have barriers to accessing local, nutritious food. Kits consist of six ready-to-eat meals prepared with senior nutritional needs in mind and at least 30% locally-sourced ingredients. Meals are made with care by Bittercreek Alehouse, Gaston’s Bakery, Lemon Tree, and Bardenay. Since the program launched in the fall of 2022, we have distributed over 7,000 meals to recipient locations including senior housing communities, the VA Medical Center, and Interfaith Sanctuary’s medically-fragile unit.

MEALS FOR REFUGEES

In November 2021, we began partnering with local refugee resettlement agencies like the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR) 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 during that time and are ready to answer the call if future need arises. Our partnership with the IOR continues and in early 2023 we began delivering food on a weekly basis to the English Language Center’s (ELC) afternoon program for young adults.

FOOD PANTRY PROJECT

LOCAL PRODUCE

Our produce program was established in the Spring of 2022 in partnership with Global Gardens and the Idaho Food Bank, with the goal of supporting farmers, reducing food waste, and building bridges to greater food security and improved nutrition in the Treasure Valley. We do this by purchasing surplus produce from markets and/or CSA shares and working with our community partner organizations to ensure that it reaches neighbors that need it most. Year-round distribution is made possible by preserving produce from the growing season and delivering it during the winter months. Since its inception, the program has grown rapidly. In 2023 we partnered with the Idaho Botanical Garden to distribute produce donations from its vegetable garden and in 2024 we hope to begin purchasing surplus produce from the Boise Farmers Market.

SHELF STABLE GOODS
In addition to distributing local produce, City of Good also partners with the Boise School District to provide diverse, culturally-appropriate shelf stable goods to designated school food pantries. City of Good purchases these goods from local stores such as Food Land Market, International Grocery Market, and La Ranchera.

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 Coordinator

HOW WE SUPPORT REFUGEES

When hundreds of refugee families left Afghanistan to resettle in Boise, City of Good jumped in to help. In partnership with the Idaho Office for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee (IRC Boise), City of Good answered the call to help provide warm meals to these children and families. Over the course of several months, City of Good sourced and delivered thousands of warm, ready-to-eat, culturally familiar meals from local Afghan restaurants: Food Land Market, Ishtar, and Kabob House. We worked through logistical challenges, language barriers, and rising food costs, but knowing we could help these families feel welcome, safe, and fed made it all worth it. This program will continue as need arises.

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 found themselves in an unfamiliar country with new customs, new foods, and for many, a new language. 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