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

Idaho Gives 2016!

You did it! We reached our $5,000 goal and received a matching challenge from The Nalen Foundation!

Thank you to everyone who donate to Idaho Gives yesterday! YOU raised a total of $13,080  for Blaine County kids and the Summer Food Program! What an incredible day of giving! Thank you to The Nalen Foundation for their inspiring $5,000 matching challenge, and to each and every donor who supported us!

matching_carrotsThe 2015 Summer Food Program served 4,533 free breakfasts, lunches and snacks to local children in need. This is done with the generous help of numerous community volunteers. A record 87 kids were served in one day!

A 24-hour day of online charitable giving, Idaho Gives is a powerful way to support The Hunger Coalition and Blaine County kids. Be a part of something big. When we go all in, Idaho wins! Your donations can help The Hunger Coalition win extra award money. Click below to donate to The Hunger Coalition!

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Empty Bowls 2016

Empty Bowls 2016! Thank you to everyone who helped make this event happen!

EVENT PHOTOS by Lyndsey Mason.

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Hunger is a community wide challenge affecting more people than you might
even 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 6th Annual Empty Bowls event on Sunday, January 17 from 12 noon – 2 pm at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood.

Empty Bowls is sponsored by Boulder Mountain Clayworks!

Empty Bowls takes place in 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: Atkinsons’ Markets, Bigwood Bread,  Big Belly Deli, Cornerstone Bar and Grill,  CK’s Real FoodEnoteca, il NasoKetchum GrillKnob Hill Inn,  Mahoney’sOak St. Foods, Perry’sStarbucksSun Valley CompanyThe HavenVintage Restaurant and many more.

During this unique community event, attendees purchase a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl for $20, then fill the bowl with delicious soups, salads, chili, bread and dessert—all donated by local chefs and caterers. Thanks to Boulder Mountain Clayworks, there will be more than 300 hand-crafted and hand-painted bowls from professional and amateur artisans to select from this year.

Winter months can be especially difficult for families struggling to make ends meet, as higher heating bills put additional pressure on household budgets. “Empty Bowls is a great way to show support for community members in need,” said Jeanne Liston, Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition. “Local residents of all ages have an opportunity to share a delicious communal meal, receive a beautiful bowl, and help fight hunger in the Wood River Valley.”

Proceeds will benefit the thousands of Blaine County residents who receive food assistance and related support from The Hunger Coalition every year. For the cost of one bowl, The Hunger Coalition can provide more than a day’s worth of healthy, nourishing meals for a family of three.

IMG_050_lowBring your family and friends to Empty Bowls and enjoy a truly memorable and meaningful meal. Together, we can ensure that everyone in the community has enough healthy food to eat throughout the year.

The Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood is located at 100 Saddle Road, across from the YMCA in Ketchum. All are welcome. Admission price is the purchase of a $20 bowl. For more information, contact The Hunger Coalition at (208) 788-0121.

Extended Hours at The Hunger Coalition

photo by Dev Khalsa

photo by Dev Khalsa

Spring slack can be a slow time of year for many valley businesses—but it’s one of the busiest for The Hunger Coalition. Many families struggle to pay bills and put food on the table at this time of year.

The Hunger Coalition has seen an uptick in numbers recently, with more and more families arriving in the last hour of business during Monday’s busy food distribution in Bellevue. After conducting client surveys, analyzing check-in times and receiving comments from food recipients about how it can be difficult to access our services after work, The Hunger Coalition decided to extend its Monday mobile food bank distribution during the Hunger Season (when need is high and donations plummet). Continue reading

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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