Orderly rows of vehicles snaked through Boise State parking lots on a chilly December morning where more than 1,700 families received restaurant quality frozen trout courtesy of Riverence Farms in the Magic Valley. The donated trout arrived on two semi trucks and was distributed to 1,683 vehicles in four hours. Many vehicles received trout to share with multiple households. With the support of 47 volunteers from all areas of the university, 3,600 boxes of fish were given to community members.
“The way the university came together to pull this event off with very little notice and right before the holidays, was amazing to see,” said Mark Heil, vice president for finance and administration and the university’s chief financial officer. “When they first asked it we could help out, I told the folks from Riverence that Boise State is like a big family and we always have each other’s backs. This event really proved that.”