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

Thanksgiving Baskets!

Are you struggling to put healthy and nutritious food on the table during these challenging economic times? Nobody should have to compromise their nutrition due to financial struggles. We’re here to help – we provide food support to families in Blaine County.

If you are interested in receiving a Thanksgiving Basket for your family, please click this Thanksgiving Basket Application_2017 – fill out, and and return by email to our office by Thursday, November 9.

E-mail applications to sdohse@thehungercoalition.org
Mail or Deliver to: 121 Honeysuckle Street, Bellevue, Idaho 83313

IMPORTANT! You must be a resident of BLAINE COUNTY, IDAHO to receive a Thanksgiving Basket!
Name:*
Physical Address:*
Phone:*
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E-mail:
How many ADULTS (age 18 or older) live in your household?*
How many CHILDREN (age 1-17) live in your household?*
Have you or your family received food from The Hunger Coalition in 2017? *
Please explain how your family will benefit from the Thanksgiving Basket:*

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!

July 2017 Newsletter

jeanne_liston_fall3_2016Lately, the line at our food bank is a bit shorter. Despite appearances, the hush over our headquarters means something might be working.  

The idea behind our new programs is to move our neighbors out of our food bank lines and into growing spaces where they can harvest food by their own hands to share with their families. There are already signs this change is in motion.

The Bloom Truck and Lunch in the Park have served nearly as many children as we planned to feed by the end of the summerBloom Youth are now leading tours of the farm they were first setting foot on two months ago. At the same time, our Volunteer for Veggies program is redefining access, with over 80 volunteers to date! 

Throughout the community, our summer programs are making food more accessible, more affordable, and more fun.

All of this, because of you. You moved the dial. You refused to stand idly by. You supported change and together, we’ve made a difference. Thank you for your remarkable commitment.

With your continued support, we can grow this momentum. Our summer fundraiser is in full swing and your investment will go twice as far with a generous matching gift of $25,000!

Please consider making a gift to feed more families. 

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

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director


FROM THE FIELD

Bloom Community Farm, in peak season, is something to behold. Not only is it alive with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, peppers, peas, beets, and greens, it’s alive with an array of community members tending the grounds. People of all ages, experiences, backgrounds, and neighborhoods work side by side, shovel by shovel, making our community a better place for all people. 

The following programs from the field have been wildly popular and impactful. Click here to give to continue to grow these programs.

BLOOM YOUTH PROJECT

Bloom Youth Project interns’ Mobile Market is officially open for business! The interns, who have been managing food production at Bloom Community Farmturned their harvest into a business for social good.

The Mobile Market sells deeply discounted Bloom produce in vulnerable neighborhoods each week. In the process, the interns have learned hands on skills they can use in the future, all the while giving back to our community.  

Megan Schooley, garden & youth education supervisor, said, The interns exude pride in their work. They’re proud to share the stories behind the produce they’re selling, how they grew and harvested the food themselves, and share in the excitement of fresh, affordable fruits and veggies with their customers.” 

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 in need. 

VOLUNTEER FOR VEGGIES

Volunteer for Veggies provides access to fresh, healthy food for everyone in the community. 

Volunteers take home a share of the farm freshest, nutrient richest, most delicious fruits and veggies around in exchange for their time at Bloom Community Farm or The Hope Garden.

Time on the farm is spent seeding, weeding, and harvesting our growing spaces and we reward all volunteers with a share of produce fresh out of the ground.

In its first month, over 80 people have volunteered at the farm!

Interested in learning more? Click here for current volunteer hours

CELEBRATE THE FARM WITH US!

Join us for a growing season open house at Bloom Community farm. We’ll celebrate with with tours, good company, and light refreshments. Hope to see you there!