On The Table!


The Blaine County Community Food Assessment has completed phase II of the assessment, and would like to share its findings with the public. Join the Food Assessment team for ‘On the Table’, a free event with presentations on local food production, food waste and recovery, food security and food consumption. The team is wrapping up research on a variety of topics related to the local food system. As part of this research, over 1,100 community members offered feedback on local food and food security during our August survey. That number is a true testament to the passion of Blaine County residents, and the strong desire to improve our food system in ways that benefit our entire community.

To learn more about our efforts we invite you to visit with us at the Hailey Grange on October 17th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In addition to discussing the survey results, we will share results from focus groups, canvassing, dot surveys and stakeholder interviews. Light fare and refreshments will be served during the event.

This research is the first step in what the assessment team envisions to be a collaborative and fruitful process. What we learn will inform our future endeavors. As many have voiced, local food is just a means to an end: it is useful only if it delivers real social, economic and environmental benefits. Therefore, our collaborative group will work to identify appropriate programming, policy, promotion and more to address our community systems meaningfully.

Hunger Awareness Month 2015


a free screening of the hottest food-waste movie around…

WHAT: Just Eat It, A Food Waste Story
WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 6-8pm
WHERE: Liberty Theater, Hailey
WHY: Because food is too important to be wasted…

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Appreciation Party 2015

Hope Garden Appreciation Party 2015

Penny Mazzola and Gay Riley enjoying the Appreciation Party at The Hope Garden.

Cheers to our dedicated donors and volunteers who came to the 2015 Appreciation Party at The Hope Garden!  It was a party dedicated to thanking everyone for their support to us this past year.

We also welcomed back Executive Director, Jeanne Liston, from her 3-month sabbatical and said goodbye to our Garden Education Manager, Hallie Reikowsky, who is off on a new adventure to Sandpoint.

Burgers were flipped, salads tossed and drinks flowed on a beautiful evening at The Hope Garden. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate YOU and all you’ve helped us accomplish this year!

Check out the photos below of the 2015 party!

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Wood River Valley HarvestFest!

harvestfestSaturday, September 19, 2015!

Celebrate the Harvest Season with a night of dining on mouthwatering local foods! The best chefs in the Wood River Valley will dish up locally grown everything.

Nibble your way through Hailey’s restaurants with a small plate at each location. Wine and beer included for those over 21. Top it all off with a party at the Wood River Sustainability Center.

All proceeds to benefit The Blaine County Community Food Assessment

Click here to get your ticket! It’s the fall event NOT TO BE MISSED!


Paulette Phlipot SV Restaurant Association Silent Auction!

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Local photographer, Paulette Phlipot (center) poses with Marshall and Arlene Bennett at Lipton Fine Arts Gallery Walk, July 10, 2015.

Local photographer, Paulette Phlipot launched a special show this month at Lipton Fine Arts Gallery with all proceeds benefiting The Hunger Coalition!

The back room of Lipton Fine Arts is set up for a silent auction with Paulette’s photos of the people and food of the Sun Valley Restaurant Association. The silent auction runs through July 31.

With about 15 restaurants participating, the highest bidder will receive all three signed photos of the restaurants and donated gift certificates from the restaurants.

The event was kicked off on Friday, July 10 Gallery Walk. HUGE thank you to Lipton Fine Arts, each and every restaurant participating and especially to the talented, generous and beautiful on the inside and out – Paulette Phlipot!

The front room of Lipton Fine Arts is showing food photographs from “Ripe, A Fresh Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables” a cookbook Phlipot co-created and photographed, and a large collection of photographs of food grown and produced in Idaho.

Lipton Fine Arts Gallery is located next to the Coffee Grinder at 411 N. Leadville Ave. Ste. 3 in Ketchum.

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Benefit Concert for THC!

Korby Lenker house concert_1Our generous donors, Bart and Lois Adrian are sponsoring a benefit concert featuring Korby LenkerSaturday, July 18th, north of Ketchum.
Frenchman’s Gulch Winery and Sawtooth Brewery are graciously donating adult beverages and Korby’s fee is covered.
100% of donations will go to the Hunger Coalition.
Light snacks at 7 PM and music at 8 PM. Quiet after 10 PM.
Please RSVP as seating is limited. 208-420-8396

Empty Bowls on KMVT


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To help raise awareness and funds for combating hunger in Blaine County, The Hunger Coalition, Boulder Mountain Clayworks, and the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood are hosting the 5th annual “Empty Bowls” event on Sunday, January 18th from 12PM to 2PM at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.“So you come and you pick out a bowl  for $20. It’s a handmade, locally handmade bowl from Boulder Mountain Clayworks and then you get to fill it with fabulous food through local restaurants and catering throughout the valley,” said Julie Molema, The Hunger Coalition. To see the entire KMVT interview click here.

Food for Thought recap 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Food for Thought Photo Journal Project at Gilman Contemporary! What an incredible event! Almost all of the participants came to the event and were thanked and welcomed by the public (albeit a bit overwhelming at times). 

The stark images coupled with the moving journal text was inspiring.

“What if I lose my home, how will I feed my dog, what is the cheapest thing I can live on to keep the hunger at bay? – JC, single woman, working full-time

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Donor Appreciation Party 2014

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our annual Donor Appreciation Party on a beautiful September evening. The Hope Garden looked especially wonderful and it was a time to say thank you to our wonderful donors, who help us grow, much like the Hope Garden.  Thank you for your continued support, because without you we would not exist!


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Volunteer Appreciation Party 2014

Thanks to all everyone who turned up at the Volunteer Appreciation Party at The Hope Garden! It was a beautiful night, where we barbecued – (shout out to Craig Eastop on the grill all night!), sipped drinks and met and mingled with everyone.

It was a day to celebrate you and all you for for us–and more importantly what you do for the community we all love. You’ve reached out when we needed help and stepped in when needed also. Whether you help out in the warehouse, assist at the mobile food banks, step in with administrative needs, get your hands dirty in The Hope Garden, glean trees and so much more–we want you to know how much we appreciate YOU!


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