How to save money on fast food in Boise, Idaho
Idaho residents will have to get creative to save on fast-food prices in Boise.
The Idaho Department of Agriculture has launched an initiative called “Good Fast Food” to encourage businesses to donate their surplus food to local food pantries.
The goal is to reduce food waste, and Boise has been among the top fast food destinations in the country for the past five years.
The city has more than 700 fast food outlets, with more than a dozen serving Idahoans.
“The main thing is that we want to do a better job of getting our food to people who need it, and we want people to be able to shop in the store and have a sense of community,” said Mark Schulte, director of the Idaho Department for Food Service.
At this point, about two-thirds of Idahoans can be reached at one time.
About 70 percent of those are children, and the rest are seniors and people with disabilities.
If the city can increase the number of stores, it will have a chance to save even more money in the long run, Schultee said.
Food pantries also provide services like meals, clothing, health care and other needs to low-income families.
Last year, the city hosted a food drive for people who had fallen behind on their rent or bills, and they also set up a “food bank” to help people get groceries.
One of the things the department is looking for is a business that is donating surplus food from their stores to the pantries, and it’s one that can make a real difference in the lives of the people who live in the area, SchULTe said.