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 90,000 nutritious, restaurant-made meals to children, refugees, seniors, and others lacking access to the food they need. We’ve also distributed 18 tons of local produce and over $33,000 worth of culturally-appropriate shelf stable goods to school pantries and early learning centers for kids to take home.
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