The Idaho Foodbank will distribute food boxes at Boise State University to students and campus staff on Tuesday as part of Hunger Awareness Month.

With the coronavirus outbreak putting a strain on many people’s food supply, food distributions are increasingly essential, especially for students, officials say.

The food distribution will take place starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Campus School Building, at 1910 University Drive on the Boise State campus. Students and staff in need of food are encouraged to swing by and pick up a free box of food, no questions asked.

One in six Idahoans and one in four children experience food insecurity amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Idaho Foodbank.

The food bank hopes that the event generates awareness not only for hunger and food insecurity around Idaho, but also for the university’s new expanded food pantry, which reopened to students on Sept. 8.

Treefort coronavirus arts event to begin this week

After distributing grants for coronavirus-related art projects, the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund will hold an art showcase starting on Tuesday and continuing through Sunday.

Dozens of artists will hold a preview showcase of some who were given grants by the CCC Fund, which was created in part by Treefort Music Fest, the Morrison Center and the city of Boise.

Artists used the grant money to create pieces of art relating to their experiences during the coronavirus outbreak. The upcoming showcase is just a preview of the full event featuring all 69 people awarded grants.

The preview starts Tuesday with a handful of events at KIN restaurant, located at 999 W. Main St. Suite P101. Tuesday’s events at the restaurant include live performances, a live podcast and a block of films.

Events will take place throughout Boise, as well as other locations in Ada County. Art displays can be found throughout downtown Boise, such as at City Hall, Idaho Made and JUMP.

For a full list of events and displays, go to

Over 400 new COVID-19 cases reported in Idaho Sunday

On Sunday, 405 confirmed cases and 22 probable cases were added to Idaho’s coronavirus totals.

The totals grew the state’s seven-day moving average for new cases to 612.4 per day, the highest mark all year for Idaho. Before, Idaho’s highest average was set Saturday, at 597.1.

Sunday’s totals are a continuation of the rise in cases appearing in Idaho and the country as a whole.

Ada County reported 111 confirmed cases on Sunday, which is now 12,949. Despite accounting for over a quarter of Sunday’s confirmed cases, the county had the second-most cases that day.

Madison County reported 115 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, further evidence of the concerning uptick in cases being reported in Eastern Idaho. Neighboring Bonneville County added 61 new cases Sunday.

Several Idaho counties also reported double-digit new cases on Sunday, including Blaine (12 new), Jefferson (19), Kootenai (25) and Twin Falls (25).

As of Sunday, 43,484 people in Idaho have tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says that of those cases, 24,304 are presumed to be recovered. IDHW also reported there are 4,953 “probable” cases in the state.

No new deaths were reported Sunday. Idaho’s coronavirus death total remained at 508.

IDHW says that 335,670 people have been tested for the coronavirus in Idaho, with about 12.9% of those tested returning positive.

Community spread has been located in all Idaho counties except in Adams County.

Coronavirus cases have beed found in all of Idaho’s 44 counties: Ada 12,949, Adams 27, Bannock 1,312, Bear Lake 53, Benewah 159, Bingham 1,050, Blaine 721, Boise 58, Bonner 361, Bonneville 2,741, Boundary 51, Butte 61, Camas 31, Canyon 8,192, Caribou 136, Cassia 856, Clark 33, Clearwater 84, Custer 68, Elmore 314, Franklin 205, Fremont 267, Gem 314, Gooding 314, Idaho 233, Jefferson 617, Jerome 768, Kootenai 2957, Latah 678, Lemhi 109, Lewis 49, Lincoln 88, Madison 1,315, Minidoka 809, Nez Perce 489, Oneida 30, Owyhee 320, Payette 865, Power 278, Shoshone 218, Teton 210, Twin Falls 2,562, Valley 96, Washington 365.

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Jacob Scholl is a breaking news reporter for the Idaho Statesman. Before starting at the Statesman in March 2020, Jacob worked for newspapers in Missouri and Utah. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.