Empty Bowls 2015!

Join us for the 5th Annual Empty Bowls Event on Sunday, January 18th


Hunger is a community-wide challenge affecting more people than you might realizeeven in a wealthy community like ours. To help raise awareness and funds to combat hunger locally, Boulder Mountain Clayworks, The Hunger Coalition and the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood are hosting the 5th Annual Empty Bowls event on Sunday, January 18 from 12 noon – 2 pm at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. Continue reading

Joy of Giving Event Pre Check-In

Please fill in the form below to submit your credit card information for the 2014 Joy of Giving Event.  This is informational only and does not represent a binding contract.  Your card will NOT be charged at this time.  By completing this form, your check in and check out time will be greatly expedited at the Joy of Giving event on December 10th.

Thanksgiving Baskets 2014

What a day! On November 24, dedicated volunteers  came together and helped distribute nearly 400 Thanksgiving Baskets to community members in need. Baskets were complete with a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, cranberries and a homemade pumpkin pie courtesy of The Sage School, The Community School, Syringa Mountain School and Pioneer Montessori.

Thank you to the donors, volunteers and participants who came together to make this special day possible. What a wonderful feeling helping provide a hearty, delicious holiday meal to all of our community members!

“Thank you so much for helping me give my family a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Without your help, I would not have been able to do it,” said Richie, a recipient of  a Thanksgiving Basket.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Cooking Matters Classes a Wrap!


The Spring 2015 cooking classes are in full swing! Stay tuned for a re-cap and photos of the kids’ lessons and concoctions this semester!

This fall, the Cooking Matters classes (taught in conjunction with the Idaho Foodbank) were taught to “I Have a Dream  Foundation” DSCF0933fifth grade children. “These kids love to cook!” said Sharon Dohse, Cooking Matters instructor. “Each week they’d ask me, ‘What are we going to cook this week? What are we going to cook next week?’ They are eager to learn about cooking, but also to learn about nutrition as well,” added Sharon. Classes like these give kids a chance to sample foods they’ve DSCF1013never had – or even heard of before. “Every student has tried a new fruit or vegetable this session–many students had never tried a blackberry or honeydew melon,” said Sharon.

These classes are made possible because of the generosity of The Little Black Dress Club, who awarded us a $2,400 DSCF0927grant, Nurture, who awarded us two $500 grants, as well as their volunteer support for the program, and two $600 grants from the I Have a Dream Foundation 

By participating in “Cooking Matters” classes, kids receive a snack or dish to consume during each class, a bag of free ingredients for select classes, DSCF0805hands-on learning, text book, graduation certificate and gift bag provided upon completion of the course. To graduate, students must attend eight of the 12 sessions. As of week five all students are on track to graduate!Tuesday sessions are reserved for nutrition classes taught by Laurie McBride, a registered dietitian from St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. On Thursdays, a healthy dish is cooked that exemplifies the nutrition lesson. “It’s been great teaching these kids basic nutrition and seeing them comprehend the basic principles behind eating healthy,” said Laurie.



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2014 Spring Corporate Food Drive

This is the time of year we call The Hunger Season, that time when need is high but our shelves are perilously bare due to lack of food donations. That’s why we initiated the Annual Spring Corporate Food Drive!

Every spring, local businesses team up to bring much needed non-perishable food and cash donations to The Hunger Coalition during their annual Spring Corporate Food Drive. Vying for the coveted Golden Can Award, these community-minded businesses build terrific in-house teamwork while reaching out to family, friends and colleagues for non-perishable food and cash donations.

Businesses participating in this year’s food drive include:  Sun Valley Resort, POWER Engineers, St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, Idaho Mountain Express, and Marketron.

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Join us for the 4th Annual Empty Bowls event!

EB_BowlsPurchase a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl, enjoy lunch with fellow community members, and help your neighbors in need! Our 4th Annual Empty Bowls event will take place Sunday, January 19th from noon – 2pm. Join Boulder Mountain Clayworks, Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, The Hunger Coalition and a host of local chefs and caterers for this special community event.

With the purchase of a bowl for $20, guests can enjoy a wonderful array of tasty soups, hearty chili, crisp salads, fresh bread, and a fabulous dessert– provided by Atkinsons’ Markets, Big Belly Deli, Big Wood Bread, Boca, CK’s Real Food, Cava Cava, Esta, Five Loaves, Globus, Ketchum Grill, Perry’s, Sayvour, Starbucks, Sun Valley Company, and Toni’s Ice Cream

Thanks to Boulder Mountain Clayworks, there will be over 300 hand-crafted and hand-painted bowls from professional and amateur artisans to select from this year. The bowl is yours to keep!

Can’t make it?  Why not pay it forward and give someone else the opportunity to attend?  Your donation can provide a warm meal to a deserving individual or family who wouldn’t otherwise be able to join us.

2011_Donate_Now_buttonSimply click the Donate Now button and type in “Empty Bowls” in the “Donation is in honor of” field.  Contact The Hunger Coalition for more information.

For additional information about the event, Click here.

Hunger Awareness Month


October is Hunger Awareness Month in Idaho

Join us for a FREE showing of the provocative film – A Place at the Table.

-October 2nd, 6:00PM at the Community Library in Ketchum

-October 23rd, 6:30PM at the Community Campus Auditorium in Hailey

50 Million Americans – 1 in 4 children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. 

Click here to view the trailer.

Want to do more?  Check out our other activities for Hunger Awareness Month:

October 16th:  Skip-A-Meal or Fast for the Day
and donate the money saved to The Hunger Coalition

October 24th:  National Food Day.  Sage School Door-to-Door Food Drive
Neighborhoods include:  Deerfield, Della View, Foxmoor, Hulen Meadows, Northridge, Old Hailey, West Ketchum.  For more information, contact Monica at mjones@thehungercoalition.org or call 788-0121.  

Thank you for getting involved and making a difference!


Ten Year Celebration

Experience a trout sculpture made of canned food.  Enjoy live music by Slow Children Playing.  Guess the number of cans it will take to make the trout on our Facebook page and win a prize!  Donate canned goods on-site for our food drive.  Celebrate ten years of feeding our community with us.  See you July 11th, 6-8 p.m. in the Ketchum Town Square! 

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible:

  • Geri & John Herbert
  • Atkinsons’ Market
  • Boca
  • City of Ketchum Arts Commission
  • Pure Body Pilates
  • Silver Creek Outfitters
  • Sun Valley Gallery Association
  • Sun Valley Magazine
  • The Toy Store

A special thanks to Dirty Feet Dance Company and sculptors Matthew Spence, Paul Bernstein, and Steve Thornton.

Healthy Food for Healthy Kids

The Summer Food Program starts Monday, June 17th at Woodside Elementary School!

For a child already dealing with family crisis, malnutrition and hunger are devastating, and unnecessary.  Thanks to The Hunger Coalition, the Blaine County School District and volunteers from across the community, there are free, nourishing lunches available at Woodside Elementary for children 18 and under this summer.

The Summer Food Program begins serving lunches from 11am – 12 noon on weekdays beginning Monday, June 17.  Free lunch continues weekdays throughout the summer until Friday, August 23rd.  All children 18 and under are welcome.  Accompanying parents may purchase a meal for $3.25.

According to a recent Feeding America study, there are over 3,000 children and adults who do not know where their next meal is coming from or who are skipping meals regularly.  The Hunger Coalition believes that everyone deserves access to basic nutrition, especially our community’s children.  With the Summer Food Program there is wholesome food, and fun activities for all Blaine County kids to enjoy!

Volunteers from the Environmental Resource Center will provide Wild Lunch activities for kids from 11am – 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June18-27.  Kids can also participate in Storytime and a free book giveaway with the Bellevue Public Library on July 9 and 11.

With the beginning of summer school, the Summer Food Program will also serve free, hot breakfasts to all children 18 and under, from 7:30 – 8:30 am weekdays between July 15 and August 9.

Woodside Elementary School can be reached on Mountain Rides by using the Berry Creek or Cherry Creek stops.

There is no reason why any child or individual in Blaine County should be hungry or experiencing chronic malnutrition. For more information about food assistance programs, please visit: www.thehungercoalition.org or call 788-0121.