December 2017 Newsletter

It’s always an honor to tell you about the impact you’re making. And after a year like this, there’s a lot to tell. But I’m even more excited to show you a beautiful example of the radical growth our community made possible this year. 

Bloom Youth Project forever changed the lives of local teens who forever changed the lives of their neighbors.

Their stories haven’t always been easy, but their resilience is profound. Please watch the accomplishments of Bloom Youth Graduates: Ciera, Savannah, Tania, Diego, Maryanna, Matt, Peter, and Blade.

In this season that sparkles and shines with gratitude and good cheer, I’m especially grateful for the traction of an equitable food movement in Blaine County.

We still have a long way to go to redefine food security in our community, but this year laid the groundwork for something extraordinary. 

Your gifts power the movement and ensure everyone in Blaine County has a seat at the table. Please consider giving the gift of good food this holiday season.

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday.

Read the full December 2017 newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director
*photo courtesy of Sun Valley Magazine


BLOOM YOUTH (VIDEO) PROJECT

Bloom Youth Project interns grew by leaps and bounds over the course of the seven month internship. They tell their stories here in a moving feature by Dark2Light Productions and starring interns Ciera, Savannah, Tania, Diego, Maryanna, Matt, Peter, and Blade and their dynamic leader, Megan Schooley. 

If you’re adverse to strong feelings of joy and hope for the future, proceed with caution.

Bloom Youth Project is a paid internship for local teens with promise that empowers interns to manage food production at Bloom Community Farm and share what they harvest with their neighbors.


$5,955 LEFT ON THE WAY TO $40,000!

The gift of good food for a local family provides more warmth than a new scarf, more quality time than a new watch, and more cheer than a glass of egg nog. Give the gift of good food on behalf of a loved one this season to share joy and good will throughout our community. 

Donate online here or call 208-788-0121 to give the gift of good food and ensure everyone in Blaine County has a seat at the table. We will send a holiday card to the person you’re giving the gift in honor of to announce your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Through December 31, any gift you make is matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 to double your impact and feed twice as many families this season. 

Thanksgiving Baskets 2017

 

Happy Thanksgiving from The Hunger Coalition! On Monday, November 20 (and the days leading up to), local businesses, organizations, individuals, and families came together for the greater good: to ensure every family in need had a warm, full holiday meal to share with their loved ones. Full story here: http://www.mtexpress.com/wood_river_journal/features/volunteers-put-the-giving-in-holiday/article_dc838fce-cf06-11e7-842c-9bcf5cd057d3.html

Locals donated food, funds, and their time to make this important day possible. We are thankful for everyone involved – special thanks to:

+ The Sage School for coordinating our Thanksgiving food drive – collecting and delivering all the food

+ Thanksgiving food drive contributors: Sun Valley Company, POWER Engineers, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Sothebys Real Estate
+ 450 Homemade pies were made by Pioneer Montessori School, Sage School led by Starr Weekes, and Syringa Mountain School 
+ Albertsons who donated 160 Thanksgiving meals with funds raised by the community
+ Higher Ground whose entire staff volunteered and delivered 390 turkeys
BCRD who let us use the gym 
+ Community Library and Hailey Public Library who handed out free books to all of the children
+ Volunteer team leaders – Laurie and Matt Christian, Tony Knapp, and Jenna Resko and the 75 volunteers who made sure the entire effort ran smooth
+ Sage School students also made 150 cards, a Sage School mother made 80 more herself, the families of Sherri Ditch and Carey Thaxton also made cards  
+ Teresa Gregory and Juan Servin were especially helpful at the Community Campus

and thanks to everyone who so generously donated the funds to provide these holiday meals to our neighbors in need!

November 2017 Newsletter

In a small community, we are uniquely connected to each other. The trouble with being closely connected is you may know someone who is facing unthinkable obstacles.

Roughly 1 in 3 Blaine County locals have a hard time putting good food on the table. These are people you see every day who serve you coffee, cut your hair, teach your kids, even keep you safe from fires who quietly struggle to feed their families.

With your help, this can change. The beauty of a small town is that your gift of good food can transform the lives of those who touch your own life every day. 

Our new 2017 Donor Impact Report illustrates the profound impact your gifts have on local people and the future of food security in Blaine County.

This time of year, there is so much to be thankful for and so many opportunities to give back. If you haven’t already, we hope you will consider the gift of good food. Right now you can double your donation through our year-end appeal and support programs that will forever transform the landscape of food security in Blaine County.

Thank you for your generosity and enjoy the holiday season!

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director

Read the full November 2017 newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.


THE HUNGER COALITION YEAR END APPEAL

Give to make our community ties stronger and ensure everyone in Blaine County has a seat at the table.

Generous donors have offered to match any gift up to $20,000 to double your impact and feed twice as many people this season.


AN ALL NEW DONOR IMPACT REPORT

Click here to read up on the many ways your support of The Hunger Coalition is helping positively impact the lives of our neighbors

October 2017 Newsletter

There’s an uncomfortable fact of life in our community: slack season is hurting our working class. After a summer of empowering food support programs and shared abundance, the harsh reality of slack season has surfaced in our food bank lines.

From the beginning of September to the end, we saw a 48% increase in people needing food. These are local construction workers, landscapers, child care workers, and hospitality professionals – people you rely on who also need your support this season. As we enter a challenging time of year for our neighbors, the generosity and hope of those committed to the cause help keep us moving forward.

There are several opportunities to help. Your gifts are invested in food and support programs to provide immediate relief for struggling families. Volunteers walk people through our food bank lines, distribute holiday meals, rescue food from local grocers, and bring meals and snacks to hungry children. Local groups and organizations facilitate food drives to help fill our shelves. You too can advance this humbling community effort to ensure no one in Blaine County goes hungry.

Thank you to everyone who continues to help support this critical mission. 

Read the full October 2017 Newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director


FROM THE FIELD


photo by Judy Cahill

As the days cool down, we reflect on an amazing growing season. This season, our community harvested over 7,500 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies (and counting!) from Bloom Community Farm and The Hope Garden. To think, this time last year, we were excited to report a respectable 1,300 pounds of harvest.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this remarkable growth possible. To the many volunteers, including 224 Volunteer for Veggies participants, partners, donors, and staff who joined together around good food and, as a result, strengthened our community. 

BLOOM YOUTH PROJECT

It seems like only yesterday Bloom Youth Project interns first set foot on Bloom Community Farm, a little green, not knowing exactly what to expect. Six months later, they’ve far exceeded our expectations.

Megan Schooley, Bloom Youth program director said, “The interns have really impressed us. There’s so much to be proud of. They’ve all come forward with a real skill set, compassion, leadership and professionalism.”

As their internship winds to a close, Bloom Youth have been drafting future dreams and considering their next direction. When asked what he would want to learn from a future career, potentially in teaching, Matt said, “Anything and everything! I love learning and am constantly pushing myself to experience and educate – because even teaching is a learning experience.”

photos by Judy Cahill & Charlotta Harris

Farm Appreciation Party 2017

This year’s Farm Appreciation Party was one to remember thanks to our extraordinarily awesome community. First and foremost, thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy Bloom Community Farm and made the evening truly special, thanks to our generous sponsor, D. L. Evans Bank, to Hal Jardine & Sun Valley Resort for the delicious appetizers, Bigwood Bread Bakery and Cafe for everyone’s favorite bread, thanks to S&C Wines and Sawtooth Brewery for keeping our glasses full, to Andrew Sheppard Music for laying it down, to Charlotta Harris, Judy Cahill, and Tyler Michael Hendricks for documenting the evening (@Charlotta’s beautiful photos here), to Mike McKenna for hauling and tapping the keg, then to Lance Thompson for troubleshooting, to our amazing board (McNair Livingston Bailey, @Deb Robertson, Laurie Strand, Craig Eastop, @Todd Stewart, Elizabeth Huish, @Linda Edwards) who stepped in and welcomed guests, tended bar, managed parking, helped setup and break down, to the local companies who donated raffle prizes as an extra special thank you for our wonderful volunteers, and to our staff who sure can throw a mean party: Noel Jensen, Megan Schooley, Krista Felton, Lynea Petty, Naomi Spence, Brooke Pace McKenna, Jeanne Ernst Liston, Sierra Schuckert, Sharon Dohse, @Abbie Mallory, and the ever-bloomin’ Bloom Youth Project interns!

 

September 2017 Newsletter

While many hands make light work, many hearts make the difference. It takes a lot of heart to redefine food security in Blaine County, but fortunately, this community’s no slouch.

That’s why tomorrow, with wonder and awe, we honor the many people who address the challenges of hunger in Blaine County at our Farm Appreciation Party. 

Your support has made a tremendous difference this year in the lives of our neighbors. 

We invite you, the strong-hearted, community-minded, stop-at-nothing-to-do-the-right-thing people of Blaine County to celebrate your accomplishments. The party is tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 13 at Bloom Community Farm.

Come on down and enjoy the music of Andrew Sheppard, light, harvest-fresh fare, drinks, and farm tours led by Bloom Youth Project interns, whose personal growth is soaring alongside the green rows of the farm.

Special thanks to D.L. Evans Bank for making the evening possible. Hope to see you there!

Read the full September 2017 newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.

With Gratitude,
Jeanne Liston, executive director


FARM APPRECIATION PARTY

When: 
Wednesday, September 13 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where:
Bloom Community Farm
South end of Quigley Farm, Hailey entry/access via Fox Acres Road, just past high school football field

Made possible by D.L. Evans Bank

Please email or call with questions to info@thehungercoalition.org or 208-788-0121


FROM THE FIELD

photo by Karen Bossick 

The high yielding, feel good acre of Bloom Community Farm has been making headlines lately – particularly, our Volunteer for Veggies program.

In case you missed them, here are three great articles by our friends at Idaho Mountain Express, Eye on Sun Valley, and The Weekly Sun.

A farm is in full ‘Bloom’ near Hailey – by Mark Dee, Idaho Mountain Express

There’s more blooming at Bloom Community Farm than meets the eye – Karen Bossick, Eye on Sun Valley

Volunteer for Veggies (page 6) by Dana DuGan, The Weekly Sun

Volunteer for Veggies participants are partly to thank for this season’s healthy harvest, totaling over 4,300 lbs between Bloom Community Farm and The Hope Garden. Thanks to everyone who’s made these impressive yields possible!

Please note, there are new Volunteer for Veggies hours for September and October – Click here for current volunteer hours

Bloom Youth Project Iron Chef Competition

Last month, Bloom Youth Project interns and Sharon Dohse, client resource and education supervisor, devised a friendly Iron Chef-style competition to demonstrate their farm-fresh cooking and teamwork skills. What resulted was something to behold. They made roasted root vegetable pot stickers, vegetable curry, chili-sweet corn ice cream (winner – most creative), salad with corn, tomato, and herbs, rice pudding with berries and much, much, more.

Thank you Sun Valley Company Chefs, Hal Jardine and Steve Van Zelfden for mentoring the chefs-in-training, and judges Sarah Barnett Seppa, Wendy Little, and Sierra Schuckert and the one and only Sharon Dohse for making it all happen.

Bloom Youth Project is funded in part by the Wood River Women’s Foundation.

Please enjoy the beautiful presentation and hard work of the interns…..

Photos by Shanti LaRue

August 2017 Newsletter

jeanne_liston_fall3_2016Change looks different from person to person. We all share the capacity to hurt, hope, and heal, but in very different ways, influenced by our vastly different experiences.  

Your support of The Hunger Coalition has influenced change in countless ways. Here are five powerful examples of how your generosity is positively impacting lives this summer.

1. Bloom Youth Project intern, Savannah, has gone from the self-proclaimed worst kid in the world, to a confident, ambitious teen, working toward a bright future as a preschool teacher

2. Volunteer for Veggies participant, Cindy, used to rely on canned corn and potatoes as the few vegetables she could afford to feed her family. Now their dinner plates are filled with a bright palate of produce she harvested from Bloom Community Farm.

3. Gabriel was a standoffish eight year old who didn’t trust new adults. In time, he warmed up to the staff at Bloom Truck, and now enjoys healthy lunches and reading each week.   

4. Without transportation of his own, local senior, Richard, struggled to get to the grocery store, much less afford produce when there. The Bloom Youth run Mobile Market brings deeply discounted veggies right to his neighborhood so he can regularly enjoy his favorites: radishes and Chinese cabbage.

5. Bloom Youth Project Intern, Maryanna feels stronger and healthier since she started her internship. She now shares what she’s learned about gardening, cooking, and budgeting with her family so they can grow together.

Thank you for all you do to support people in our community like Savannah, Cindy, Gabriel, Richard, and Maryanna. Please join us to celebrate all you’ve helped accomplish at our farm appreciation party Wednesday, September 13!  

Read the full July 2017 Newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director


FARM APPRECIATION PARTY

Community support made a colossal difference this year for Bloom and The Hunger Coalition. Join us to celebrate our collective accomplishments and honor the progress of Bloom Youth Project Interns, whose personal growth is soaring alongside the green rows of Bloom Community Farm. Everyone’s invited! Enjoy harvest-fresh bites! Drinks! Farm tours! Music!

When:
Wednesday, September 13 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where:
Bloom Community Farm
South end of Quigley Farm, Hailey entry/access via Fox Acres Road, just past high school football field

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 5 to info@thehungercoalition.org or 208-788-0121. Hope to see you there!


FROM THE FIELD


photo by Charlotta Harris

We’ve harvested a ton of food this summer – literally over 2,000 lbs, or one ton, of fresh fruits and veggies have filled the shelves of our food bank, been sold at deeply discounted rates to vulnerable neighbors through our mobile market, enhanced kids’ summer meals, and gone home with Volunteer for Veggies participants. Between our staff farm team, Bloom Youth, community partners, and over 125 local volunteers, this mammoth harvest has truly been a community effort. Thanks to everyone who’s had a hand in growing this summer!