Summer Food Program

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“When Bloom rounded the corner at select neighborhoods this summer, the kids jumped for joy!” – Krista Felton, development & program supervisor

Bloom!

Bloom is a food truck and mobile library designed to provide access to the critical nutrition and education opportunities that all children in our valley need and deserve. Bloom is a partnership between The Hunger Coalition and The Community Library in Ketchum.

This trailer is full of healthy, local food and books available for checkout (from The Community Library) for children who live on the outskirts of our small towns, removed from the abundance of available resources. Check out the 2017 schedule below!

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Bloom will connect children to books and learning and also provide a free, nutritious lunch to those who are often left without access to healthy foods and summer activities.

“It’s time to bring these services to the kids who need it the most,” said Naomi Spence, Associate Director of The Hunger Coalition. “This year, Bloom is traveling the valley five days a week, twice a day, to locations from North Fork to Carey,” said Spence.

Bloom is funded this year by the generosity of the Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.

2016 Bloom statistics
# of Bloom library cardholders: 178
# of books checked out: over 1,500
# of miles traveled: 2,320
# of lunches served: 2,003
# of children fed: 144
# of community partners: 18

# of volunteers: 15

Lunch in the Park!

Nourishing bellies and bodies during the summertime!

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The Hunger Coalition, Blaine County School District and volunteers from the community are partnering to provide free, nourishing meals for children 18 and under this summer.

School lunches are meals that many kids depend on. When school ends, many kids go without lunch. That’s why The Hunger Coalition started Lunch in the Park.

Check out the 2017 summer schedule below! Hope to see you there!

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Lunch in the Park at Balmoral play field.

Lunch in the Park at Balmoral play field.

Excluding summer school, the 2016 Summer Food Program served 4,300 meals compared to 3,000 last year! This was including the Bloom trailer lunches! Almost 250 kids were served including areas north of Ketchum and to Carey.

In its third year, “Lunch in the Park” provided kids with a free and nutritious sack lunch at the playfield at Balmoral Park –

Also implemented for its third year, was the “Daily Bites” program where kids received healthy snacks daily during summer camp. In 2016, Daily Bites served 4,975 snacks to needy Blaine County kids at summer camp.

“Lunch in the Park was a hit with the kids this summer, where they learned nutrition and environmental science, enjoyed many arts and crafts projects, and even got to pet some goats,” said Krista Felton, Summer Food Program Manager. “Thank you to BCSD and all of our partners for making the year such a success–what a great partnership in helping feed the tummies and minds of so many kids,” added Krista.

WHY is the Summer Food Program necessary?

Currently, 42% of Blaine County students qualify for a free or reduced meal during the school year. The Hunger Coalition and Blaine County School District established THE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM recognizing that these children probably would not receive enough nutrition during the summer vacation.

WHO makes this all happen?

Volunteers from The Hunger Coalition, along with a summer intern, assist at Lunch in the Park. In addition,the Environmental Resource Center,  Bellevue Public Library, Blaine County 4-H, The Community Library and Hailey Public Library and more provide free activities to encourage attendance. Support from the Blaine County School District makes it all possible!

PARTNERS
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Want to get involved?

Spend a few hours a week with an active, appreciative, and inspiring group of children and commit to the health and well being of our community!

Call The Hunger Coalition at 788-0121 or email rshinn@thehungercoalition.org

“The Summer Food Program is a great success! We were so lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with such fabulous partners and provide educational activities for the children. The volunteers got to know the children and establish relationships with the ones who enjoyed lunch everyday.”
-Naomi Spence, Associate Director