Bloom Trailer!

“Bloom” trailer brings fresh food and inspiring books to kids in outlying areas

This Bloom_smallsummer you may see a big orange “Bloom” trailer traveling the valley. Bloom is a food truck and mobile library designed to provide access to the critical nutrition and education
opportunities that all children in our valley need and deserve.

This trailer will be full of healthy, local food (prepared by the Wood River Sustainability Center) and books available for checkout (from The Community Library) for children who live on the outskirts of our small towns, removed from the abundance of available resources.

Bloom is funded in large part by the generosity of the Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation, the Peco Foundation and a recently awarded grant from the Wood River Women’s Foundation.

Bloom will connect children to books and learning and also provide a free, nutritious lunch to those who are often left without access to healthy foods and summer activities.

Bloom is partnering with many community organizations to enrich the lives of children in our valley. Organizations like: The Hunger Coalition, The Community Library in Ketchum, 4-H, Footlight Dance, and all the public libraries will be traveling with Bloom, bringing activities for local children every weekday this summer.

“It’s time to bring these services to the kids who need it the most,” said Naomi Spence, Associate Director of The Hunger Coalition. “This year, Bloom is in its pilot stage, traveling the valley five days a week to locations from North Fork to Carey,” said Spence.

During the summer months, children can lose skills that they have gained over the school year if they do not keep reading.

“We refer to this as the ‘summer slide” said DeAnn Campbell, Children’s and Young Adult Librarian at The Community Library. “Our summer reading program is designed to keep kids reading and exploring ideas over the summer vacation, so that they return to school primed to keep growing their skills. The Bloom project is a fantastic way for us to share the joys of reading with more children in Blaine County.”

Bloom will serve as a bridge which connects the many wonderful organizations across Blaine County, creating a stronger sense of community, and allowing these organizations to more effectively serve and empower children and their families. “We’re so excited to be a part of Bloom in its inaugural year,” said Kathi Kimball of 4-H University of Idaho Extension. “We’ll bring Junior Master Gardener projects to Bloom, where youth read and engage in hands-on activities in the beautiful outdoors.”

Each child’s ability to thrive at her/his grade level contributes to the likelihood that she/he will ultimately graduate from high school and earn a higher income over the long term. “We hope Bloom will help more children blossom this summer,” said Campbell. “We can’t wait to take The Community Library’s books and educational activities on the road!”