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!

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We continue to be amazed by the volume of families and individuals coming through our doors.  Click on the graph to the left to view how the past three moths of this year have compared to the same period in previous years.

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we take a look at some of the ways we are meeting this need.  We also celebrate the kick of The Hope Garden season!  And there are many ways you can get involved through volunteer opportunities.  Click here to read more!

Give Food and Hope This Holiday Season!

It’s the holiday season, but not everyone is feeling jolly. The number of people requesting our services has skyrocketed recently. Help us
meet the need for the growing number of locals who are struggling to feed their families.

You can brighten the holiday season and bring comfort and warmth to those who are experiencing tough times.

Thanks to a generous donor, your donation will be matched dollar
for dollar, up to $15,000, through the end of the year!

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.

 

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Event!

Join Boulder Mountain Clayworks and The Hunger Coalition on Sunday, January 20th from 12 noon – 2pm for lunch at the Church of the Big Wood and help your neighbors in need!

Purchase one of 300 one-of-a-kind bowls and enjoy a tasty selection of soups, hearty chili, fresh bread, crisp salads and even dessert for just $20! All proceeds go to help local families facing hunger and struggling to make ends meet. Call your friends & family and have a special lunch together while raising funds for The Hunger Coalition.

Click here for more information.