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,

Community Food Assessment Coffee Shop Talks

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.

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 or call 788-0121.  

Thank you for getting involved and making a difference!



The Hunger Coalition reacts to Beaver Creek Fire

Beaver Creek 1

Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team

The full effect of the Beaver Creek Fire may come after the flames have been extinguished.  The economic impact to our community will be felt most by those dependent upon the income lost during this critical time.  Landscapers, construction workers, service industry workers and others who have been unable to work during the recent evacuations and closure of businesses will be faced with an even greater struggle—managing to get by without enough to feed their families. The Hunger Coalition is here to help! Continue reading

Idaho Gives – May 2nd

Join Idahoans on May 2nd in supporting the non-profits that help make our communities a better place for all.  On Idaho Gives Day, your donations have the potential to be multiplied many times over thanks to generous contest prizes and matching awards.  38 organizations in the Wood River Valley are involved and welcome your participation!

Ways to Give on May 2nd:

  • Schedule your donation now to take place on May 2nd.
  • Visit our Idaho Gives page on May 2nd and donate during the 24 hour challenge.
  • Visit the Ketchum/Sun Valley Visitor’s Center on May 2nd between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make your online donation and receive incentives provided by the Cornerstone Bar & Grill and Starbucks.


Idaho Gives – A Day for Everyone to be Philanthropic

Idaho Gives is a day for philanthropy across Idaho. A day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share with you how their work enhances communities throughout our state. A day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. A day for you to find your passion and share it!

We’re hoping you will join us here on May 2, 2013 to make a contribution to The Hunger Coalition and other organizations you support in our valley, and maybe get a few friends who are new to donating to join you. Our goal is to get people involved who haven’t necessarily donated to an organization before.  It takes everyone’s help to keep our community and non-profits strong.

From midnight -11:59pm a share of every dollar raised by Idaho nonprofits will be matched with funds from the Idaho Gives award pool. In addition, the top five organizations with the most unique donors (nonprofits are divided by size) will receive bonus grants of $3,000, $1,000, $500, $250, and $250 respectively.

Help The Hunger Coalition stock the shelves and continue to provide food for our hungry neighbors!  To be eligible for donation incentives, you can also donate at the Sun Valley – Ketchum Visitor’s Center (Starbucks) from 8-5 p.m. on May 2nd.

Questions about Idaho Gives?  Call us at 788.0121.