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Boise State volunteers needed to help distribute 50,000 pounds of frozen trout

Boise State has partnered with Riverence Provisions of Buhl, Idaho, to distribute 50,000 pounds of frozen, restaurant-quality trout to the local community. The distribution will take place in the West Stadium parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, or while supplies last.

“It has been one of the most challenging years we have ever faced and we have been looking for a way to serve the community during this pandemic. We truly appreciate the university helping us coordinate a safe way to distribute what we are able to donate, and we hope this donation will help the community,” said Rob Young, Riverence’s CEO.

Boise State staff and faculty volunteers are needed to help distribute this food to the community. Multiple shifts are available from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

COVID testing is not required for volunteers but facial coverings must be worn at all times and physical distancing will be maintained.

Those interested in volunteering should fill out the interest form and more details will be emailed prior to Saturday’s event. As a reminder, this is an unpaid voluntary opportunity to help serve the community.

Members of the campus community also are welcome to come get fish, while supplies last.

In an effort to comply with all local health and safety regulations, individuals are asked to please remain in their vehicles as they drive through to receive a donation. Signs, cones and campus safety employees will be positioned to direct traffic in and out of the distribution area on the day of the event.

The assorted cuts of frozen fish are packaged in 10- and 20-pound boxes and guests may receive one of either size, subject to availability. Traffic flaggers will be in place to direct cars into a queue through the parking lot, located between ExtraMile Arena and Albertsons Stadium, to the distribution location. Vehicles are prohibited from queueing prior to 8 a.m. and must obey all traffic laws while on public roadways. A separate area will be designated for walk-up distribution and signs will be in place to safely route people on foot or bicycle to the area.

“Boise State is pleased to be able to provide a location, infrastructure and staff to help Riverence facilitate their generous donation,” said Mark Heil, the university’s chief financial officer. “We know food insecurity is one of the major issues facing our students and other members of our community. To be able to provide assistance during the stressful holiday period, at the end of a stressful year, means a great deal to all of us at the university.”