Idaho Gives 2016 – Thank you donors!

idg_2016_logo_color_taglineIdaho Gives 2016 was a huge success for The Hunger Coalition and Blaine County kids!

YOU raised $13,080 total to support The Summer Food Program! Thank you to The Nalen Foundation for their $5,000 matching grant which doubled every donation up to $5,000!

Idaho Gives - Summer Food program helps feed local kids. One last thank you goes to the Idaho Non Profit Center !

What a generous community we live in! Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight: The Gedde Family


Holy sorters! The Gedde family helped sort over 400 pounds of perishable fruits and vegetables donated to us from Atkinsons’ Market Bellevue.

How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition? We are part of the Catholic Church Diaconate program in which we were to choose a volunteer service for 12 weeks. We chose your organization.

What other interests or hobbies do you have? Do you volunteer anywhere else? What did you know about The Hunger Coalition before becoming a Volunteer?  Our family likes the outdoors.  We love the mountain life for skiing, hiking, camping and fishing.  We also love the ocean life for swimming, snorkeling, boogie-boarding and sunbathing.  As far as volunteering, yes, we volunteer at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in youth ministry.

Knowledge of The Hunger Coalition:  We knew little about the program but have seen your van around town and ads in the local papers. Continue reading

Spring Corporate Food Drive 2016 Success!

THC_CorpFoodDriveWinner_newsletterOur 2016 Spring Corporate food drive was a huge success! Eleven local businesses collected a whopping 2,250 pounds of food and $4950 in donations!

This will provide almost 4,000 meals to families in need! Recently, we saw 146 families who we provided nutritious food to all of them. Our numbers will likely grow during slack and we are so pleased to have stocked shelves to meet the seasonal need.

Here are our top five contributors from the 2016 Spring Corporate Food Drive:

1. Cold Springs Crossing
2. Sun Valley Company
3. Marketron
4. St. Luke’s Wood River
5. Idaho Mountain Express

Thank you to all our participants including

Atlantic Aviation
Cold Springs Crossing

High Country Fusion
Idaho Mountain Express
POWER Engineers
Redfish Technology
St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center
Sun Valley Animal Center
Sun Valley Resort

 We couldn’t have done it without you!

Cooking Matters Spring 2016!

Cooking Matters at The Hunger Coalition in conjunction with the Idaho Foodbank.

Cooking Matters participants wrapping up the Spring session!

Our Spring session of “Cooking Matters for Adults” (a cooking and nutrition series taught in conjunction with The Idaho Foodbank) has come to a close!

Volunteer chef, Loren Oden teaches healthy cooking techniques at a Spring 2016 Cooking Matters class.

Volunteer chef, Loren Oden teaches healthy cooking techniques at a Spring 2016 Cooking Matters class.

Ninteen overall participants gathered each Wednesday evening to learn about cooking and budgeting healthy meals for themselves and their families.

Our volunteer chefs, Loren Oden and Esta Hornstein have been cooking up dishes like Chinese Veggies and Rice, Pineapple Carrot Muffins, and Pasta with Roasted Vegetables.

Volunteer nutritionists, Sarah Seppa and Laurie McBride from St. Luke’s teach nutrition education and volunteer interpreter and Board Member Cyndi Ochoa helps translate for Spanish speakers.

“Last week we did the Blubber Burger activity, which demonstrates how much fat is in our favorite convenience foods,” said Krista Felton, Cooking Matters Coordinator. Continue reading

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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On May 5th, Idaho Gives – will you?

Cooking Matters with VOICE II!

DSCF2001Ding! Off goes the timer! This session of Cooking Matters classes has wrapped up! We were thrilled to have the VOICE II students (adults aged 18-21 with disabilities) learning about cooking and nutrition education this time around.

Thanks to guest chef Esta Hornstein for her fabulous cooking and teaching skills. Esta taught the students about cutting vegetables, cracking eggs without breaking the yolk and about reading and following recipes. “‘I can’t believe it’s over….when can we do the next one?’ smiled Esta. “The students were just beaming holding their graduation certificates,” said Esta. “I just loved teaching this class, they are all really great kids.”

DSCF2035Star nutritionist from St. Luke’s, Laurie McBride, taught the students about nutrition and what to look for when reading food labels. “The VOICE II students were so much fun to teach!” said Laurie. “Their interest in learning about healthy foods and serving sizes was great, they especially had an interest in added sugar and how to identify sugars on the nutrition label,” added Laurie.

Every week, each student got to take home all the ingredients to make the meal taught in that week’s class. They could practice what they learned that week  AND make a wonderful healthy meal for their families!

We are getting ready to start another 6-week course in March for adults which will be funded in part by Don & Marcia Liebich. Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight: Nan Riley

nan riley1. How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?

“I thought I’d like volunteering, I wasn’t able to do the heavy work but, the mailings and putting up event posters gets me out and about, meeting new people.”

2. What did you know about The Hunger Coalition before becoming a Volunteer?
I didn’t know a lot about The Hunger Coalition except their purpose, to help feed those who were having difficulty feeding themselves and their families. I must say since I began there I found it to be a well tuned organization, it’s very impressive.

3. What would you tell people The Hunger Coalition is now that you have been a part of the team? “How incredibly fine tuned it is. Everyone there has a job and they fill it to the best of their ability, it’s a handpicked group. And that they all work hard and together to see that the people who need good food, get good food.”

4. Can you share a particular memory or favorite experience you have had while working here? “I enjoy the mailing, it’s something I’ve done in the past. Finding a better way to make mailing as efficiently as possible. Getting to know the people that work there, marveling at their job performance.

5. What sorts of jobs do you do as a Volunteer? What kind of people do you work with? “Putting up posters is sort of a loner job, unless you have a friend who likes to drive around with you. Doing the mailing, it’s nice to just chat about where people have lived before making a home here, just chit chat. It’s nice to be around others and hear their stories.”

6. What other interests or hobbies do you have? “I enjoy glazing ceramics, spending as much time as I can at the The Bead Shop. It’s therapeutic and satisfying to take a blank item, a plate, and make it into something beautiful. I don’t volunteer elsewhere, not yet. I began last year and I’m feeling it out.”

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.

Charitable IRA Law Permanently Changed

taxesThe Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 was passed by Congress and has now been signed into law by President Obama. This act extends and makes permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2015 and beyond. If you have not already taken your 2015 Required Minimum Distribution, you will need to act fast to take advantage of this opportunity this year.

The new law does not have an expiration date. It is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, and will be in effect for the remainder of 2015 and beyond.

charitable-ira-rollover-Donors aged 70½ or older who move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities will not have to pay income tax on the money. It is important that the funds transfer directly from your IRA custodian to Benedictine College in order to avoid a taxable event.



Here is a recap of the IRA charitable rollover rules:

  • The donor is age 70½ or older on the day of the gift.
  • The donor transfers up to $100,000 directly from the donor’s IRA to Benedictine College or any other registered charity. This opportunity applies only to IRAs and not to other types of retirement plans.
  • You pay no income tax on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.
  • The gift can satisfy all or part of the required minimum distribution for the year.
  • The gift may not be used to fund a gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, donor advised fund or private foundation.
  • You may not receive any goods or services in return for the rollover gift in order to qualify for tax-free treatment.
  • If you have made a gift of up to $100,000 directly from an IRA in 2015, the gift will qualify under the new law. Please visit with your IRA custodian in order to verify your transfer in light of this new legislation.

You can find more information on the Benedictine College Planned Giving webpage. Please contact the Benedictine College Planned Giving if you have questions about this wonderful opportunity to support the mission of Benedictine College. IRA transfers can be directed to the program or activity of your choice. Contact 913-360-7363 or for more information.