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
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!
Physical Address:*
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:*

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


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

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 or 208-788-0121


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

Empty Bowls: January 15

emptybowls_2017_poster-iiiiWe hope to see you at the 7th annual Empty Bowls event to enjoy great food and great art on behalf of The Hunger Coalition. Purchase a handmade ceramic bowl for $20 and fill it with soup, chili, salad, bread, and dessert made by local chefs! All proceeds benefit The Hunger Coalition.

This signature Wood River event is made possible by the collaboration of Boulder Mountain Clayworks, Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, and The Hunger Coalition.

Empty Bowls is held at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood’s cafeteria and features gourmet soups, crisp salads, hearty chili, fresh breads and delicious desserts from local restaurants and caterers including: Big Belly Deli, Bigwood Bread, CK’s Real Food, Cornerstone, Esta, The Grill at Knob Hill, Globus, The Haven, Ketchum Grill, Mahoney’s, Perry’s, Rasberrys, Starbucks, Sun Valley Company, Vingtage and many more.

Can’t go? Donate $20 here to support those in need and write Empty Bowls in the notes section.

Thank you Boulder Mountain Clayworks & Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood for your tremendous support!

Hunger Awareness Month Events


In addition to our Bloom Community Farm Party, there are several ways to help drive awareness this month.

Saturday, October 8
10am – 2pm
Free to the Community

Boulder Mountain Clayworks studio is open for you to throw a bowl for our Empty Bowls event in January. Boulder Mountain Clayworks provides everything for you: clay, firing, glaze, and creative tips! If you can throw clay, we need you!

Contact Boulder Mountain Clayworks for more information.

Monday, October 24
Anytime, anywhere

In observation of National Food Day, The Hunger Coalition encourages you to skip a meal and donate the cost to help advance programs that support the food insecure in Blaine County.

Wednesday, October 26
Doors 6:30 p.m., Talk 7:00 p.m.
Community School Theater

Thanks to the Wood River Y’s Speaker Series and The Local Food Alliance, Chef Ann Cooper is coming to the Valley to share her experience and advice on how to create healthy school food and edible education. Chef Ann was central to the 10-year process of implementing a revolutionary school food program in the Berkeley Unified School District.

Thanksgiving Baskets 2016

happy thanksgivingWe are here to make this Thanksgiving extra special for you and your family.

Thanks to generous donors, The Hunger Coalition is able to provide Thanksgiving Baskets full of wonderful holiday foods. Please call 788-0121 for more information.

Thanksgiving Baskets will be given out at The Community Campus on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 4 – 6pm.

Summer Food Program ’16 Starts June 20

Are yoIMG_2338u wondering how to keep your kids fed this summer when school is out? Bring them to the Balmoral play field in Hailey for a free, healthy sack lunch every day this summer!

Thanks to The Hunger Coalition, Blaine County School District and community volunteers, Lunch in the Park offers free sack lunches to kids 18 and under throughout the summer. Beginning Monday, June 20, free sack lunches are available weekdays from 12pm – 1pm through August 19 at the Balmoral play field in Hailey. Parents or guardians can purchase a lunch for $1.

“When school ends, hunger begins for many local children who rely on school lunch as the one meal a day they can count on,” said Naomi Spence, Associate Director of The Hunger Coalition. “That’s why we started the Lunch in the Park program as a way for kids to come together, get a free, healthy sack lunch, play in the park and enjoy their summer,” she added.  Continue reading

Sage School Farm to Table Feast 2016

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The Sage School 10th and 11th grade class had their very own “Restaurant Startup” premiere. They had a bit more than 36 hours to prepare, but these students pulled off a major catering feat of planning, cooking, serving and cleaning up over 100 plates–without a hitch. Held at Elkhorn Restaurant, the event was as a fundraiser for The Hunger Coalition was a rousing success, raising $6,500!

“The students put on the event that integrated lessons they had learned about our food and agricultural system throughout the entire year,” said Sage School’s Emma Drucker, Writing and Literacy and Human Ecology Teacher. “Students called farmers, asked what they had in season, created a menu that was responsive to the food available, and sourced all of the food for the feast,” added Drucker.

At every turn you could see the work that went in to planning this large event. “The students in charge of decorations decided to use vases that they salvaged from the recycling (many of them formerly food containers) to create eco-friendly decor.” said Drucker. They even designed the menu which included a greek salad, entrees of beef kebabs and a spring fettuccine and veggie pasta, and tiramisu for dessert almost all thumb_DSC_0225_1024of which was prepared by Sage School 10th-and 11th-graders.

“The students put a tremendous amount of thought into the entire
event and were really proud to share their knowledge about food and support The Hunger Coalition through this event,” added Drucker. Continue reading