May 2017 Newsletter

jeanne_liston_fall3_2016The spring thaw signals wildflowers and big rivers. While May often stirs anticipation for summer adventures, it’s still one of the most challenging months for our neighbors in need. In painful contrast to the new growth of the season, May is one of seasonal unemployment and less funding for our food programs. 

You can imagine, it’s impossible to enjoy the best of May when you’re struggling to pay rent, fuel your car, and eat a decent meal. Fortunately, you have two exciting opportunities to make a difference this month. Idaho Gives is coming around the bend to help offset the grim cost of slack. Join us tomorrow, May 4 to support those struggling through the season by making a gift during Idaho Gives. To sweeten the pot, the very generous Nalen Foundation has put up a matching gift of $5,000 to double your impact that day! You can also join us for a scratch-made brunch at The Haven on May 25th to learn more about our work and raise funds to feed those in need.

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

With your generosity, we will help local families make it through this bleak time and ring in summer, a time of abundance and exciting new programs from The Hunger Coalition. 

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director


IDAHO GIVES

Idaho Gives is a statewide day of giving. It’s an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

Last week was our biggest week of 2017. The Hunger Coalition fed more families than in any week this year. You can help us ensure we don’t have to turn any child or family away.

With a matching gift of up to $5,000 from the Nalen Foundation, your gifts during Idaho Gives will go twice as far and feed twice as many! 

You can help make our campaign a success! Here are some easy ways:

Share and share alike. Online days of giving are successful because of our own networks. Help us grow our network by sending this email to your network and ask your friends to do the same.

Be socially (media) active. Use your social media networks: post on Facebook, tweet about Idaho Gives, and share your love for your particular passion. Ask others to do the same.

Thank you in advance for your support!


FROM THE FIELD 

The Bloom Youth Project interns are immersed in growth. This transformative internship empowers paid interns to manage food production at Bloom Community Farm and build a business plan for our Bloom Mobile Market, selling discounted, fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods. These teens with promise will feed the hungry while learning critical job and life skills that may help keep them out of our food bank lines as adults.

Already, the interns have weeded, laid irrigation at the farm, and participated in several life-skills workshops. This dynamic, hardworking group is ready to make a big difference this year. 

Heartfelt thanks to the Wood River Women’s Foundation for generously investing in the futures of these teens with a gift of $25,000. Stay tuned to learn what and how the Bloom Youth grow!