CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Jamie Truppi

jtruppiJamie Truppi was born in Boise, Idaho and was lucky enough to be raised partially in the Sawtooth Mountains on a dude ranch. In her countless moves in our country and abroad, Idaho’s mountains have always felt like home to her.

After absorbing in the fruits of Portland, OR for six years, Jamie and her family moved back to the Wood River Valley two years ago. They bought a home in Bellevue, and recently welcomed a baby girl to their family. Continue reading

Latino Focus Group Synopsis

focusOn Monday, March 23rd, we held our fifth and final focus group with the Latino population that suffers from food insecurity. The focus group was graciously facilitated by Cyndi Ochoa of the Wood River YMCA and was well attended – we had 12 attendees in total! Cyndi did a wonderful job applying her excellent interpersonal skills to establish a repoire with the group. They were all comfortable with her, and the group had a fruitful conversation on food insecurity.

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Focus Group Synopses

Small Scale and New Producers

The producer focus group brought to light some things that were already on our radar, but new barriers and ideas as well. We had a group of nine diverse, small-scale and new producers.

With help from members of our Community Food Assessment Team (CFAT), we organized a protocol that was designed to get farmers talking about and thinking about barriers to farming locally, and ways that the community can help overcome them. We started off asking about barriers to farming in the identified region. We had many individuals from Blaine County, so that prompted a discussion about cost of living and farming. We live in such a wealthy county that it can be hard to find land that is affordable, and when that land is found there has to be a balance between your “day job” and running a production operation. Multiple participants mentioned that they hold a separate job from producing. Continue reading

CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Lorna

lornaThe Wood River Valley is Lorna’s home. Although originally from Massachusetts, she has called Idaho her home for the last 30 years. She first discovered the beauty of Idaho while accepting a job with the U.S. Forest Service.

Lorna loves doing all things outdoorsy: hiking with her two lornas dogsbeloved dogs (shown left), recreating in the wild, visiting the many wonders of the state, and tending to her home and flowers.

We invited Lorna to join the Advisory Team of the Community Food Assessment because she is a client of The Hunger Coalition. She has long been concerned about hunger in the community, and the lack of wholesome real food for economically challenged households. 

CFA Team Member Spotlight: Manon Gaudreau

manonManon’s interests include cooking, digital photography, graphics, web design, sewing, yoga, tai chi, massage, basket making, gardening, singing and dancing.
In the last few years, Manon has been teaching cooking classes focused on local, sustainable and seasonal food. “Cooking from scratch has been a long time passion of mine, that drove me to study the various culinary traditions, and travel to countries with exquisite cuisine wisdom– namely France, Italy, Germany, India, Hawaii and Costa Rica,” said Manon. “The search for better health had me investigate many diets from macrobiotics to raw foods, and back to my “French Canadian meat, fish and vegetables” roots and my father’s family farming background,” added Manon.

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Community Food Conversation – Karen Bossick blog

Check out Karen Bossick’s story on the Community Food Assessment Conversation! Forty-two people attended the event and started the conversation about what the assessment should include.

Thanks to Karen for coming to and covering the event!


Join Us!

The Hunger Coalition is conducting a year-long Community Food Assessment (CFA). In order to have diverse community representation from stakeholders, we are undertaking a selection process to identify how best to utilize individual talents for the CFA, and to ensure all sectors are represented.

Fill in the information below and click “Submit”.  Thank you!

Community Food Assessment

The Hunger Coalition strives to end hunger in our community by providing wholesome food, collaboration, education, and advocacy. This year The Hunger Coalition, along with two AmeriCorps VISTA members and assistance of the Public Policy Research Center at Boise State University, will be undertaking a community food assessment. The food assessment will be looking at food security levels, uniting community stakeholders, and affecting community health policy.

Why a Food Assessment?
Feeding America’s statistics have shown that we are currently helping 84% of the food insecure population in the community, but our numbers show something very different. From 2012 to 2013 our services have increased 32%; during the first six months of 2014 a 55% increase of families and individuals has occurred, and the number of seniors and those 18 years and younger has soared.

The food assessment will take a more detailed look at the underlying social, economic, and institutional factors in a community that affect the quantity and quality of available food and its affordability in relation to the sufficiency of financial resources available to obtain it.

Strengthening Our Community
The food assessment will show us the true number of the food insecure population in our community as well as the barriers that keep people from accessing The Hunger Coalition’s and other organization’s services.

Bringing a variety of stakeholders together will help find community based solutions to the food security problem. These community based solutions and relationships will be putting the resources in place to help break the cycle of poverty we face.

Community Food Assessment
Through the food assessment, stakeholders from different areas of the community will work to develop a joint agenda and action plan. The team will use the USDA’s toolkit which looks at community demographics, community food resources, household food security, food resource availability and affordability, and community food production resources.

Once these foundational steps have been taken we will be looking for the next steps our community can take to ensure that our local food system improves so everyone has the ability to be food secure.

The community food assessment will build solid relationships and next steps that will help redefine our community for the better.


Community Food Assessment Video

Community Food Assessment Video

Click here for more information or to sign up to participate in the Community Food Assessment!