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.
Bloom is funded this year by the generosity of the Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.
In its second summer on the road, Bloom Truck reported record numbers for 2017.
# of Bloom library cardholders: 189
Bloom connects 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.
Lunch in the Park!
Nourishing bellies and bodies during the summertime!
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.
The 2017 Summer Food Program served 4,940 meals compared to 4,300 last year! This was including the Bloom trailer lunches! Over 275 kids were served including areas north of Ketchum and to Carey. In its fourth year, “Lunch in the Park” provided kids with a free and nutritious sack lunch at the play field at Balmoral Park.
Also implemented for its fourth year is 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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