Not only am I looking back on the last year, I’m looking back on the last fifteen. This year marks our fifteenth anniversary as an organization and my, how we’ve grown.
In fifteen years, you’ve helped us grow from a band-aid, scraping together a few food boxes each month, to a sophisticated movement toward food justice.
Whether it’s in the people we serve, the quality of our programs, or all that springs from The Hope Garden and Bloom Community Farm, our story is defined by growth. Each year, you’ve fed this growth. In fact, in the last quarter of 2017, your generosity helped to accelerate this growth.
The momentum of the last fifteen years made possible a record 2017 where we didn’t simply feed a lot of people, we built community through food. Thinking about how we’ve gotten to this point makes looking ahead that much sweeter. Everything you’ve helped us accomplish to date makes us uniquely positioned to push the envelope this year.
Your commitment over the years has helped turn the page to such an exciting chapter of our story. Thank you. We look forward to the adventure ahead.
Jeanne Liston, Executive Director
photo courtesy of Jay Graham
2017 was an exceptionally full year. Bags of fresh harvest were filled at the farm while grocery carts were piled high with a colorful array of every food group. From bags and carts to pots and pans to plates and bowls, community tables were full of wholesome food from The Hunger Coalition. Every plant, every veggie, every meal, and every person who accessed our services was supported by community generosity last year.
Just look at the remarkable numbers recorded in 2017 and imagine what more is possible in the coming year.
- The Mobile Food Bank filled 6,603 grocery carts for 1,639 community members.
- Over 5,639 Snack Packs were given out to 187 school kids, to ensure they don’t go hungry on the weekends.
- Nearly 5,000 lunches were distributed this summer though our Summer Food Program.
- 4,500 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 partnership with the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. This year, 1,004 bags of pet food were distributed.
- Over 7,800 pounds of fruit and vegetables were gleaned from local trees last year!
- 224 Volunteer for Veggies participants, eight Bloom Youth Project interns, and supporting staff helped harvest over 7,500 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies from Bloom Community Farm and The Hope Garden.
Thank you to everyone who supported this record year!