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August 2017 Newsletter

jeanne_liston_fall3_2016Change looks different from person to person. We all share the capacity to hurt, hope, and heal, but in very different ways, influenced by our vastly different experiences.  

Your support of The Hunger Coalition has influenced change in countless ways. Here are five powerful examples of how your generosity is positively impacting lives this summer.

1. Bloom Youth Project intern, Savannah, has gone from the self-proclaimed worst kid in the world, to a confident, ambitious teen, working toward a bright future as a preschool teacher

2. Volunteer for Veggies participant, Cindy, used to rely on canned corn and potatoes as the few vegetables she could afford to feed her family. Now their dinner plates are filled with a bright palate of produce she harvested from Bloom Community Farm.

3. Gabriel was a standoffish eight year old who didn’t trust new adults. In time, he warmed up to the staff at Bloom Truck, and now enjoys healthy lunches and reading each week.   

4. Without transportation of his own, local senior, Richard, struggled to get to the grocery store, much less afford produce when there. The Bloom Youth run Mobile Market brings deeply discounted veggies right to his neighborhood so he can regularly enjoy his favorites: radishes and Chinese cabbage.

5. Bloom Youth Project Intern, Maryanna feels stronger and healthier since she started her internship. She now shares what she’s learned about gardening, cooking, and budgeting with her family so they can grow together.

Thank you for all you do to support people in our community like Savannah, Cindy, Gabriel, Richard, and Maryanna. Please join us to celebrate all you’ve helped accomplish at our farm appreciation party Wednesday, September 13!  

Read the full July 2017 Newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director


FARM APPRECIATION PARTY

Community support made a colossal difference this year for Bloom and The Hunger Coalition. Join us to celebrate our collective accomplishments and honor the progress of Bloom Youth Project Interns, whose personal growth is soaring alongside the green rows of Bloom Community Farm. Everyone’s invited! Enjoy harvest-fresh bites! Drinks! Farm tours! Music!

When:
Wednesday, September 13 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where:
Bloom Community Farm
South end of Quigley Farm, Hailey entry/access via Fox Acres Road, just past high school football field

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 5 to info@thehungercoalition.org or 208-788-0121. Hope to see you there!


FROM THE FIELD


photo by Charlotta Harris

We’ve harvested a ton of food this summer – literally over 2,000 lbs, or one ton, of fresh fruits and veggies have filled the shelves of our food bank, been sold at deeply discounted rates to vulnerable neighbors through our mobile market, enhanced kids’ summer meals, and gone home with Volunteer for Veggies participants. Between our staff farm team, Bloom Youth, community partners, and over 125 local volunteers, this mammoth harvest has truly been a community effort. Thanks to everyone who’s had a hand in growing this summer!

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