January 2017 Newsletter

Looking back on 2016, we marvel at the depth and strength of your compassion. It’s a humbling reminder of the power of collective good.Because of your support, we are making a seismic shift in how we resolve food insecurity this year.

A movement is afoot. Bloom Community Farmand the Bloom Trailer will redefine how we perceive hunger, how we address hunger, and how our neighbors rise out of hunger. Your continued support is paramount to the success of this movement. Your time, your ideas, your passion, your gifts will help feed more families in revolutionary new ways.

Just look at the remarkable numbers written by your generosity in 2016 and imagine what more is possible in the coming year.

  • The Mobile Food Bank distributed 6,063  healthy food boxes to 1,533 community members who are struggling.
  • Over 6,250 Snack Packs were given out to almost 210 school kids, to ensure they don’t go hungry on the weekends.
  • More than 4,300 lunches and snacks were distributed this summer though our Summer Food Program.
  •  2,835 bottles worth of formula were distributed through our Infant Formula Initiative.
  • Families were able to keep their pets thanks to the “Paws for Hunger” program, in association with the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. This year, a record 1,139 bags of pet food were distributed.
  • Over 7,500 pounds of fruit and vegetables were gleaned from local trees last year!

We enter hunger season hopeful that with our collective efforts, we can bring light to our neighbors’ darkest days and move forward together, in health and happiness.

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, Executive Director

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JOIN US FOR EMPTY BOWLS

We hope to see you at the 7th annual Empty Bowls event to enjoy great food and great art on behalf ofThe Hunger Coalition. Purchase a handmade ceramic bowl for $20 and fill it with soup, chili, salad, bread, and dessert made by local chefs! All proceeds benefit The Hunger Coalition.

This signature Wood River event is made possible by the collaboration of Boulder Mountain Clayworks,Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, and The Hunger Coalition. If you can’t attend, you can donate $20 here to support those in need and write Empty Bowls in the notes section.


WHAT A YEAR!

Without the thousands of volunteer hours and generous donations from the community, plates would be empty, children would go to bed hungry, and life in Blaine County would be impossible for our neighbors in need.

To all of our donors, volunteers, and community members who spark the magic in our mission, we are thrilled to share our end of the year thank you video with you.

Special thanks to Dark to Light Productions for the video production toolkit, education, and encouragement.