Thanksgiving Baskets 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from The Hunger Coalition! On Monday, November 21 (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.

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

Albertsons Market
The Sage School & Starr Weekes
Pioneer Montessori School
Syringa Mountain School
The Community School
Sherri Wakefield & Family
Teresa Englehart, Krista Felton & the LDS 2nd Ward Youth Groups
Gabbie Diedrick’s Hailey Elementary 2nd Grade class
Ginger Spence
Elizabeth Sturgess’s GATE class, Alturas and Bellevue
Silver Creek High School
Wood River High School
VOICE II students
Coldwell Banker Volunteers
Higher Ground
Wells Fargo Hailey Branch
Tony Knapp
Laurie Swall Christian
Matt Christian
Joanie Whitcomb Rumpeltes
Johnny Servin & Family
Irma Reigle
John and Christina Calvert
Antonio Munoz
Rob & Amy Swanson
Jim, Cliff, and Christie Graham & Family
Jenna Resko
Cecilee Torres & Family
Bellevue Library & The Community Library
Atkinsons’ Market

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

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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.

KMTV- Bloom Community Farm

By Desiree Fawn ( KMVT / KSVT ) – – HAILEY, Idaho 

 The Hunger Coalition is breaking ground on its new Bloom Community Farm.

The farm is located in Quigley Canyon east of Hailey.

The farm is starting as a half acre plot and will eventually increase to one and a half acres.

It is modeled on existing successful programs across the country.

Some of the food grown at the farm will be used in The Hunger Coalition’s community food bank and programs.

They are also looking into starting some discount mobile markets to sell discounted produce in the community.

“We identified there’s up to like a third of the population that could benefit from more affordable, healthy foods at any given point during the year. So, this is an attempt to address that situation of our high cost of living in general in this area and work with community food programs and education to get the food to everybody,” said Lynea Petty, Food Production Manager for The Hunger Coalition.

The Hunger Coalition has already had a lot of success growing its own food at the Hope Garden in Hailey. It’s hoping to expand those efforts with the new bloom farm. Just check out this garlic that they recently harvested. It looks a lot better than what you can buy in the store.

A crew from the Idaho Conservation Corp showed up to lend a hand. The Boise based non-profit helped build a fence around the farm to help keep out the elk and deer.

“We’ve finished up with our fence so we’ve moved on to helping them weed and in addition to that, helping to move some dirt around to help lay the foundation for kind of a children’s play area,” said William Ferry, crew leader for Idaho Conservation Corp.

In 2017, The Hunger Coalition will also implement a youth focused growing program with teens working on the farm.

Lunch in the Park – a hit with the kids!

By Desiree Fawn- KMTV

HAILEY, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) – A growing number of children in Blaine County are counting on a free “Lunch in the Park” during summer break.
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Lunch in the Park is a Federal program that is served locally through a partnership between The Hunger Coalition and the Blaine County School District.

Every Monday through Friday from noon to 1pm throughout the summer, kids flock to Balmoral Park in Woodside for a free healthy lunch and some socializing.

“42% of kids in Blaine County are on free and reduced lunch during the school year. And so, during the summer a lot of those guaranteed meals kind of go away. And so the idea is for us to provide food for those kids through the duration of the summer,” said Rachel Shinn, Volunteer Program Manager at The Hunger Coalition.

The Hunger Coalition said last year the program fed over 4500 meals to 350 kids.

This week marks the beginning of this year’s program. On Thursday, the program fed 73 children.

“It’s definitely gained every year. Gained popularity with the kids I guess and a lot more people trust the access. This program would not be successful without all of our amazing stellar volunteers that come out and just engage the kids and make sure the program runs really smoothly,” said Shinn.

You get to know the kids a little better, I’ve been doing this now, this is my second year and I’m trying to remember names, doing a pretty good job of it. It’s relaxed and it’s fun. We try to make it such that we’re here for them but we also like to see them enjoying themselves,” said Jane Oliver, volunteer.

Anyone ages 0 – 18 is welcome and adults arriving with children can purchase lunch at a reduced cost.

Click here to view the full news report.

The Hunger Coalition Wins Idaho’s Brightest Star Award

Brightest Stars Winner-3_johnLast week, The Hunger Coalition was honored to win the “Idaho’s Brightest Star Award”, presented by Serve Idaho and the Governor’s Commission of Service and Volunteerism.

The awards ceremony, held in Boise on January 21st, recognized Idaho’s “unsung heroes” who volunteer tirelessly on behalf of children and families. The Hunger Coalition was one of 10 finalists and the only organization nominated in the Wood River Valley. Board member John Kahm accepted the award on behalf of The Hunger Coalition. Serve Idaho promotes collaborative efforts among private and non-profit organizations, schools, and state and local government agencies to advance national service programs and volunteerism throughout the state. Continue reading

The Hunger Coalition Sees Near Record Numbers

BELLEVUE, Id ( KMVT / KSVT ) – October is Hunger Awareness Month in Idaho. 

The Hunger Coalition says it helps provide meals to 17% of Blaine County’s population. This year, they are already seeing some record highs. “Monday we served 82 food boxes at our Bellevue location in one day which is close to a record, I think our record is 88 boxes in one day. Which is surprising to us because we’re not really quite in slack yet. It’s a little early for us to see those numbers,” said Julie Molema, Communications Manager for The Hunger Coalition.

The organization receives over 50% of its funding from individual donations. Just in time for hunting season, The Hunger Coalition is also accepting full or partial game meat donations. The best way to donate a portion of this year’s harvest is to contact them directly or let your local processor know you’d like to make a donation.

The public is invited to attend a panel discussion this weekend to learn more about The Hunger Coalition’s recently completed Community Food Assessment. The year-long project conducted food based surveys and compiled community “food data.”

“The data is important because we want to build programs that reflect the actual need of the community,” said Lynea Petty, Community Food Assessment Manager.

The data shows 14% of Blaine County residents need help putting food on the table.

In addition to this weekend’s panel discussion, The Hunger Coalition is hosting a movie at the end of the month related to food waste recovery.

You can learn about all those event dates on their website, thehungercoalition.org.

Community Food Assessment Coffee Shop Talks

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TIMES AND DATES!
Bring your thoughts and questions about the Community Food Assessment!

 

 
Tuesday December 9
9-10am at The Hunger Coalition’s Office
121 Honeysuckle Street, Bellevue

5:30-6:30 at Powerhouse
411 North Main Street, Hailey
Wednesday December 10th
9-10am at Hailey Coffee Company
219 South Main Street, Hailey
Thursday December 11th
9-10am at Starbucks
491 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum

5:30-6:30 at Velocio
601 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum

The Hunger Coalition is seeking two VISTA Food Assessment Coordinators

Staff Photo in gardenDo you have a passion to end hunger in our community? The Hunger Coalition is seeking two dynamic Americorps VISTA members to join our highly efficient team. The Outreach Coordinator and Research Coordinator will conduct a year-long Community Food Assessment. Must enjoy working with people, be flexible and highly organized, with excellent computer, writing, administrative and communication skills. 40 hrs/week, includes modest living allowance, health care, and housing stipend. For more info click here. Registration with AmeriCorps required.