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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Idahoan Foods Partners with City of Idaho Falls to Donate Face Coverings to Community

Idahoan Potatoes and Mask 2

(Idaho Falls, ID) – Idahoan Foods has joined forces with the City of Idaho Falls to donate and distribute thousands of cloth face coverings and packaged potatoes to the local community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drew Facer, CEO of Idahoan Foods accepted the invitation from Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot to take part in the CEO Pay it Forward Challenge.  A statewide challenge beginning in Boise, uniting CEO’s across the state aimed at assisting non-profit organizations that have done great work during the COVID crisis.  The idea is to further spread random acts of kindness to as many organizations and people as possible.  When hearing of VanderSloot’s challenge, Facer contacted Mayor Rebecca Casper and they devised a plan that would reach deep into the community.

“Several days ago, I had read an article regarding Mayor Casper and the City’s deliberation concerning the use of face coverings,” said Idahoan Foods CEO Drew Facer.  “Knowing that face coverings are now being required in many public settings we worked together on a plan to donate 10,000 face masks throughout the community.  Because Idahoan Foods is a critical infrastructure company, we have the ability to source large quantities of personal protective equipment, making this possible.  Our City is well deserving and provides a great service to our community and working with our local officials seemed to be a natural fit.”

The company is donating 10,000 anti-microbial, cloth face coverings to city residents and will be distributing them outside the company’s headquarters located at 900 Pier View Drive in Snake River Landing this Thursday, July 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and again from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or while supplies last. Undistributed masks will be donated to schools and public offices.

In addition to the face coverings, Idahoan is also donating several thousand packages of their signature “Buttery Homestyle Mashed Potatoes” to residents who come pick up masks.  Both the face coverings and potatoes will be distributed on a “first-come, first-served” basis and will be given out with a limit of five per resident.  Idahoan is making a further donation of over 4,500 pouches of potatoes to the Idaho Falls Community Food Basket.  Idahoan Foods total contribution amounts to just over $37,000.

 “Although Idahoan is an international name in the food production industry, it also happens to be one of our great local community business partners,” said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper.  “With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, to have a business step up to provide face coverings and product to so many of our residents is inspiring.  A donation like this is just a remarkable thing and we are grateful for their generosity.”

The one-size-fits-all cloth face coverings are non-certified but are washable and said to retain their antimicrobial properties for up to three washings, according to Idahoan, and can continue to be used as a regular face covering with normal washing and care.

To keep the CEO Pay it Forward Challenge alive, Facer further stated, “It is my privilege to challenge two people to continue this great effort.  The first is Clint Tavenner, the Managing Partner of Cooper Norman and the second is Chet Taylor, CEO of EVO Automation.  I know both of these men well and believe they will make a significant impact as they Pay it Forward.  We love the fact that our company is built within communities that serve each other.”

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Media Note: To arrange an interview or to contact city staff, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Bud Cranor at 208-612-8306 or at bcranor@idahofallsidaho.gov

To arrange an interview or contact Idahoan staff, please contact Kristie Ferriell-Beck, VP, Human Resources at 208-542-3700.


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