October 2016 E-Newsletter


The Hunger Coalition is driving attention to Hunger Awareness Month and the new Bloom Community Farm at a Ribbon Cutting and Appreciation Party on Wednesday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The event is free to the community and will be held on the Farm, located on the South end of Quigley Canyon and accessed from Fox Acres Road. Guests will enjoy drinks, farm tours, live music, and harvest fresh bites from the Wood River Sustainability Center.

RSVP to 208-788-0121 or info@thehungercoalition.org


We are thrilled to welcome Laurie Strand to The Hunger Coalition Board of Directors. Laurie moved back to her home state of Idaho in the winter of 2016 to accept a position as the Mental Health Specialist for the Blaine County School District.  Before her move, she served as the Director of The Youth Harvest Project (YHP), a therapeutic, service-oriented, work program for at risk high school students on a 10-acre farm in Missoula, MT. In addition to her role as YHP Director, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Laurie is looking forward to bringing her skills andpassion for social justice and food security to The Hunger Coalition.  To read more about Laurie, click here and scroll down.



THE HOPE GARDEN: Lynea Petty, Food Production Manager, reported that over 900 pounds of produce has been harvested so far this year in The Hope Garden! Over 150 kindergarten and elementary school students have toured the Garden, where they eat fresh fruits and veggies right off the plant and learn a variety of garden fun facts.

Volunteer hours continue through October as we pull plants and put everything to bed for winter. Thank you ArborCare for the donated load of wood chips to freshen our paths!

BLOOM COMMUNITY FARMMeanwhile, at Bloom, over 375 pounds have been harvested since August, thanks to healthy soil and greenhouse starts gifted by Clearwater Landscaping.

Silver Creek High School students are interning through the fall at the Farm, helping plant, harvest, build, and create. Sage School students are volunteering weekly with farm maintenance as well. The success of the Farm hinges largely on the support of our volunteers, interns, and donors.Thank you to everyone who continues to help us grow!

Read the full October newsletter here. Or, better yet, get it automatically in your in-box every month. We won’t spam you with tons of emails.. just one a month, for you to keep up on what’s shaking at THC!

August 2014 E-Newsletter

E-Newsletter Highlights

Hope Garden_006_smWith August already upon us, we want to call out a big THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers for their efforts this summer! We are looking forward to our Volunteer Appreciation Party at The Hope Garden on August 27 – to celebrate YOU!

We are also calling attention to our beautiful HOPE GARDEN! With summer in full swing, the garden is overflowing and we’re launching our new GARDEN FAMILY HOUR at The Hope Garden, where families can commune and engage their children in harvesting, nutrition and gardening practices.

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Sun Valley Resort, for choosing The Hunger Coalition to receive all of the proceeds from the Flying Squirrel Chairlift Sale. The response was overwhelming and we raised more than $17,000 to help people in need in the Wood River Valley. Read the full August 2014 newsletter here!

THC Receives $40,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation

Walmart GrantThe Walmart Foundation is increasing its efforts to help address changing community needs.  By supporting initiatives that provide hunger relief, the Foundation endeavors to create opportunities that help people live better.  A steady supporter of The Hunger Coalition’s efforts to end hunger in Blaine County over the years, the Walmart Foundation recently stepped forward with a $40,000 grant to help feed the hungry. Continue reading

THC’s Top Ten Food Collection Facts

This month, we celebrate the time, energy and effort that has been put into the collection of donated food to be distributed to those in need, and the amazing amount of food that has been collected in the past 10 years with a “Top Ten” list of interesting food collection facts:

  1. THC was formed in 2003 as a volunteer run food bank, collecting and distributing food to local health service agencies.
  2. In December 2004, Bank of America granted THC the use of their basement as storage space for food items collected by volunteers. By the end of that month, the shelves were loaded with more than 2,500 items!
  3. A year-round food collection initiative was launched in 2005, bringing those signature yellow bins into local businesses.
  4. In 2006, food collection and distribution got more efficient with the addition of donated storage space at the Health and Welfare building in Bellevue, saving valuable time and effort distributing to south valley health agencies.
  5. During the Castle Rock Fire in 2007 the community came together in amazing ways, with firefighters not only saving peoples’ homes but making time to collect food for the hungry as well!
  6. Due to economic crisis, partner agencies struggled under the weight of so many locals in need. In 2008, THC went from a food collection organization to a full-fledged food bank, with a new, large warehouse and office space in Hailey, which allowed for storage of larger quantities of food.
  7. 2009 brought with it unprecedented food donations to THC from local grocery stores, businesses and individuals, totaling over $150,000 worth of food!
  8. The first harvest from The Hope Garden supplemented food donations with 1,200 pounds of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs!
  9. Community donations of non-perishable foods totaled nearly 135,000 pounds in 2011. That’s enough food to fill over three school buses!
  10. In an effort to increase the nutritional value of food offered to those in need, THC focused on the acquisition of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in 2012. The community responded, donating over $110,000 worth of perishable goods!

March 2013

March eNewsletter Highlights

We’re kicking off Spring by introducing “10 Months of THC”, highlighting interesting facts and accomplishments the organization has seen in its 10 year history.

Also, March brings with it our Annual Spring Corporate Food Drive and we are looking for businesses to participate.  Find out how to get involved and beat the competition!

To read the complete eNewsletter, click here!

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Food Preservation Series – in partnership with The Sustainability Center and the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.

October 10 – Salsas  6-7:30 p.m. at The Community Campus- Bullion Room

Cost: Hunger Coalition clients-free!  Public – Suggested donation – $5

October 17 – Jams & Jellies  6-7:30 p.m.at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Cost: $15 SBG Members / $20 Non-Members  (Hunger Coalition clients-free)

October 24 – Cheese Making  6-7:30 p.m. at the Sustainability Center in Hailey

Cost: $15 (Hunger Coalition clients-free)

November – Soups & Sauces

6-7:30 p.m. – at The Hunger Coalition offices in Bellevue

To register for any of these classes, call Kat 788.0121.

A Taste of Healthy Cooking – Free class!

September 17th, 9-10:30 a.m. at the YMCA in Ketchum. Learn simple tips on how to make cooking healthier for you and your family. Sample foods, take home recipes, and find out about MyPlate and how easy it is to make a balanced meal. Childcare is provided by the YMCA – free healthy cookingfor clients and only $3/hour for the public. Clients can also earn a free slow cooker for completing the class (limit 1 per family). Taught by Kathryn Guylay of Nurture – nurtureyourfamily.org. To register call or email Kat 788.0121 or kat@thehungercoalition.org.