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The freedom from want

| October 19, 2023 1:00 AM

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights recognizes rights that every person has by birthright in the human race. Four of the most basic human rights are the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from fear and the freedom from want.

The United Nations has deemed October food scarcity month to recognize the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, declaring October 16 World Food Day. As the days grow shorter and the nights colder and longer, the dangers of being unhoused and underfed can turn deadly.

To make it just a bit easier for those in our community struggling to put food on the table, to find warm, secure housing, clothing, transportation and other necessities here is information to assist in finding those much-needed local resources.

Food resources

(Listed by food resources, where they can be found, the day, and when they can be found.)

• Second Harvest Food Truck — Boundary County Fairgrounds, seasonal (check with local news sources for updates), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Community Action Partnership Food Bank — 6665 Main St., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

• Senior Center free lunches — Senior Center, 6635 Lincoln St., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 1 p.m. (Lunches can also be delivered for homebound seniors.)

• Hope House free dinner — Senior Center, 6635 Lincoln St., Friday, 5:30-7 p.m.

• Mt. Hall Community Church Food Bank — 1554 Highway 1, Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m.

• United Methodist Church Blessing Box — 6568 Lincoln St., box is located off Denver St. in the upper parking lot and functions as a mini food pantry, always open, always open.

Bridgeway Assembly of God Food Bank — 66027 Highway 2, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• BOCO Backpack weekend food for school age kids — Valley View, Mt. Hall, and Naples Elementary and Boundary County Middle School; food is sent home with students on Thursday afternoon.

Material assistance

• Hope House — free clothing, food, baby items and more, 5100 Camelot Lane, Duplex A, Moyie Springs; Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Housing resourcing

• Community Action Partnership housing assistance — 6665 Main St., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

• Community Resource, Envision Center, Rental Assistance — 130 McGhee Road, Suite 220, Sandpoint, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Community Coalition for Families housing assistance — Applications can be found at Community Action Partnership, 6665 Main St., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.


• SPOT Bus free transportation — contact at 208-267-4740, Monday and Friday local transport, Tuesday and Thursday transport to Sandpoint available, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Our community recognizes that freedom from want is difficult for many and generously works to help those in need. The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force is dedicated to upholding the rights of every person, with no regard to their beliefs or political affiliations.

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