Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) was founded in January 1999 through a merger of Idaho Citizens' Network (a grassroots group voicing concerns of low-income families) and Idaho Hunger Action Council (a group advocating for low-income families and running a statewide food program).

ICAN is a member based non-profit organization. With over 2,000 members state-wide, our purpose is to educate and advocate on issues of social, racial, and economic justice and to eliminate poverty in Idaho. Our members speak with a united voice on issues that directly impact their lives. ICAN encourages members to become effective leaders in their local communities through trainings and education.

ICAN's Guiding Principles

Vision of Economic, Social, and Racial Justice.
Power to make change through collective action.
Diversity and Solidarity.
Build our organization and communities through Justice.
Leadership who take Responsibility and Accountability for Building a powerful organization.

ICAN's Organizing Program

Through the organizing program, ICAN is able to impact the decisions that affect our daily lives. We believe that we can make a difference by taking collective action on economic, racial, and social justice issues. ICAN's organizing issues include:

Health Care

We believe that affordable, quality healthcare should be accessible to all people living in the United States. Unequal access to healthcare is a fundamental injustice in our society that has profound implications for families's physical and economic security.

Immigrant Rights

We believe that immigrants, regardless of immigration status, should have the same opportunities for success as anyone else in the United States. Fair access to education, healthcare and fixing the broken immigration system are priorities for ICAN.


We believe that all community members should have access to affordable utilities. ICAN works to protect and expand access to affordable utilities across income, geography, and language.

Food Security

We believe that no person should go hungry. ICAN works to extend food security to communities across Idaho. While our local food programs provide families with short-term hunger relief, we work at the policy level to eliminate the root causes of hunger.

Fair Lending

We believe that all people should have access to fair credit.  ICAN works to end predatory loan practices in Idaho and establish fair lending opportunities.


Partners and Allies

Regional and National Partners

Alliance for a Just Society
Race Forward
Center for Community Change (CCC)
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
United Farmworkers Foundation

Statewide Allies

Idaho Human Rights Education Center
Catholic Charities of Idaho
Centro de Comunidad y Justicia
Community Council of Idaho
Idaho Hispanic Caucus
Boise State University Student Diversity & Inclusion