[Opinion] Media Right News | A local Idaho food bank though it would be a good idea to try and be non-political, by removing ‘Trump letters’ from free food boxes, in one of the reddest states in the nation. Well, that idea has apparently backfired. After initial reports of the situation occurring, we can only draw the conclusion that someone was ‘triggered’ as some might put it, by the fact that President Trump’s name was on a letter of free good going out to those in need in the community.

The ‘Trump letters’ were mandated to go into the boxes according to one local news channel, ‘KTBV’. Apparently, someone thought breaking protocol would be a non-political thing to do. Ariel Jackson, the executive director of the Community Food Basket said, “in an effort to stay non-political, we are pulling the letters”.

But apparently many donors to the food bank have fired back threatening their donations, amidst much other fury from folks on social media and other outlets. Some are also supporting the move by the local food bank.

After the backlash though, it appears as though now the decision is being reversed. Apparently ticking off donors who support the president’s letter and accompanying health recommendations have had more clout than those thinking they could go rogue and cost the food bank money, which could, in turn, cause less food to go out to the community, for no good reason in our opinion.

“Community Food Basket” made a post on social media to “clarify” things adding that their “true mission” is to feed individuals and families and that the letters will remain. See post below:

Jackson also released this damage control statement Thursday night:

“The Community Food Basket – Idaho Falls has been serving all of Eastern Idaho for more than 40 years with no political agenda, just the desire to feed those in need. My desire is that the choice to pull the letters viewed as right or wrong, not tarnish the core mission of this agency. To feed those in need without judgment. The addition or removal of this letter has kicked up the very firestorm we were trying to avoid. In an effort to preserve that core mission and goal of supporting an often silent but significant issue of hunger politically unbiased, I will make every effort to redirect the focus to feeding those in need.”
Only time will tell if the apparent damage done will be undone in a timely manner, or if more people will indeed suffer due to what many see as a selfish move by someone who likely just doesn’t support the Republican president for personal reasons, and just before an election.

Ian MacDonald

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    • Well said Deb!
      I was going to say the same thing. These click bait sites seem to get worse and worse, when it comes to editing and proof reading their articles.

      It’s a sign of the times. There’s little, if any, pride taken in a job well done or done right.

  • […] Jackson also released this damage control statement Thursday night: “The Community Food Basket – Idaho Falls has been serving all of Eastern Idaho for more than 40 years with no political agenda, just the desire to feed those in need. My desire is that the choice to pull the letters viewed as right or wrong, not tarnish the core mission of this agency. Read More […]

  • I would bet these same, “non political” Leftist probably had no problem with public elementary school teachers coercing their students to sing praises to king BO after his election. I guess in their empty heads, as long as it’s for a Leftist it’s non political.

  • Bad move hurting those in need & also on + side boosting votes for President.
    Bad move & your gonna lose BIG time

  • What was carefully omitted from this article was what Trump said in the letter. I suspect this is significant and that probably there was nothing in it that was offensive or political. Otherwise they would have quoted it verbatum. No, this is a story about the efforts of leftists posing as liberals who wanted to make sure that Trump was excluded from everything. ‘
    Why would I say that? I KNOW how the left operates. So where is the story about the leftist tainting food that was to be given away.
    I have news for you. lots of experience with food banks. Go, stand and watch as people driving new Cadillacs, and Mercedes pull in and get the free food. The majority of our nation are now CONS who take and take and take. And they get mad if someone expects them to work or give. GOD HAVE MERCY.

    • You are so right! The greedy arrive first and grab the most. The needy wait in line and are grateful.
      To Terry: Obama would crack a couple beers with a guy, but real help was not on his agenda.

  • Ahh the political zealot, one who looks to symbolism over truth and politic over civic duty……to bad they don’t lose the job of helping others…..

  • I pray, really, seriously I do, that the evil and hate that has completely covered and infiltrated the liberals will be removed by GOD. They are so unhappy and miserable. Satan is a hard task master.

  • Looks as if Ariel Jackson could use some of the ‘health tips’ in the Trump letter herself. And by the way, with over $60 BILLION taxpayer dollars spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2019 alone, I find it VERY hard to believe that there are STILL over 54 Million people in the United States, “…facing hunger and food insecurity..”, as she states in her ‘social media post’. If so, then where did all that SNAP money go? She didn’t remove the Trump letters to stay non-political. She removed them because she IS political, and obviously a Trump hater.