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

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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!

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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.