Volunteer for Veggies 2018 Hours

Photo by Karen Bossick

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.

Hours for the 2018 season are listed below. While shares of veggies won’t flower until later in the season, we encourage everyone to come out early to get familiar with this beautiful community space.

Bloom Community Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

S. end of Quigley Farm via Fox Acres Rd., Hailey

  • Starting April 17 – Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • May – Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.; Saturday 2 – 4 p.m.
  • June – Sept – Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10 a.m.; Saturdays, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Oct – Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

The Hope Garden

 

 

 

 

 

The corner of S. 1st Ave. & Walnut St., Hailey

  • Starting April 18 through May – Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • June – August – Mondays, 8:30 – 10 a.m; Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • September – Mondays, 10 – 11:30; Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • October – Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Empty Bowls | January 14

Fill a beautiful, handmade bowl with scratch-made soup, salads, and desserts from local chefs to support access to good food for all people in Blaine County. A gift of $20 includes a ceramic bowl and all you can eat with 100% of proceeds benefiting The Hunger Coalition.

The event is sponsored by Boulder Mountain Clayworks and hosted by Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. Hope to see you there!

Big thanks to participating restaurants: Atkinson’sBig Belly DeliBigwood BreadCK’s Real FoodThe Grill at Knob HillThe HavenKetchum Grill, Mahoney’sPerry’sRasberrys, StarbucksSun Valley Company, Vintage, Warfield, and many more.

Thanksgiving Baskets 2017

 

Happy Thanksgiving from The Hunger Coalition! On Monday, November 20 (and the days leading up to), local businesses, organizations, individuals, and families came together for the greater good: to ensure every family in need had a warm, full holiday meal to share with their loved ones. Full story here: http://www.mtexpress.com/wood_river_journal/features/volunteers-put-the-giving-in-holiday/article_dc838fce-cf06-11e7-842c-9bcf5cd057d3.html

Locals donated food, funds, and their time to make this important day possible. We are thankful for everyone involved – special thanks to:

+ The Sage School for coordinating our Thanksgiving food drive – collecting and delivering all the food

+ Thanksgiving food drive contributors: Sun Valley Company, POWER Engineers, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Sothebys Real Estate
+ 450 Homemade pies were made by Pioneer Montessori School, Sage School led by Starr Weekes, and Syringa Mountain School 
+ Albertsons who donated 160 Thanksgiving meals with funds raised by the community
+ Higher Ground whose entire staff volunteered and delivered 390 turkeys
BCRD who let us use the gym 
+ Community Library and Hailey Public Library who handed out free books to all of the children
+ Volunteer team leaders – Laurie and Matt Christian, Tony Knapp, and Jenna Resko and the 75 volunteers who made sure the entire effort ran smooth
+ Sage School students also made 150 cards, a Sage School mother made 80 more herself, the families of Sherri Ditch and Carey Thaxton also made cards  
+ Teresa Gregory and Juan Servin were especially helpful at the Community Campus

and thanks to everyone who so generously donated the funds to provide these holiday meals to our neighbors in need!

November 2017 Newsletter

In a small community, we are uniquely connected to each other. The trouble with being closely connected is you may know someone who is facing unthinkable obstacles.

Roughly 1 in 3 Blaine County locals have a hard time putting good food on the table. These are people you see every day who serve you coffee, cut your hair, teach your kids, even keep you safe from fires who quietly struggle to feed their families.

With your help, this can change. The beauty of a small town is that your gift of good food can transform the lives of those who touch your own life every day. 

Our new 2017 Donor Impact Report illustrates the profound impact your gifts have on local people and the future of food security in Blaine County.

This time of year, there is so much to be thankful for and so many opportunities to give back. If you haven’t already, we hope you will consider the gift of good food. Right now you can double your donation through our year-end appeal and support programs that will forever transform the landscape of food security in Blaine County.

Thank you for your generosity and enjoy the holiday season!

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director

Read the full November 2017 newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.


THE HUNGER COALITION YEAR END APPEAL

Give to make our community ties stronger and ensure everyone in Blaine County has a seat at the table.

Generous donors have offered to match any gift up to $20,000 to double your impact and feed twice as many people this season.


AN ALL NEW DONOR IMPACT REPORT

Click here to read up on the many ways your support of The Hunger Coalition is helping positively impact the lives of our neighbors

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

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!