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 !

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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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KMVT- Empty Bowls 2016

BLAINE COUNTY, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) – You might not think a place like Sun Valley needs a food bank…
But The Hunger Coalition in Blaine County says it served meals to almost 4,000 people in 2015, which is nearly a quarter of Blaine County’s population.

Over half of those meals went to children.

“Our clients are your neighbors. They could be the person that works at the supermarket or the person that takes your lift tickets or the barista, or dishwasher, housekeeper. It’s the general working force of our valley,” said Julie Molema, The Hunger Coalition.

The Sixth Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is taking place on Sunday in Ketchum.

The event raises money for The Hunger Coalition and features hand–made bowls that you can purchase for $20 and then fill with a gourmet lunch donated by local chefs and caterers.

Empty Bowls got its start 25 years ago in New England, and then spread internationally with potters near and far making bowls.

Restaurants and caterers donate their services, and they choose the month of January, which is when most food banks go hungry, after the generous holiday season.
“The potters are people anywhere from six years old to 80 years old. People who have spent their life playing in the mud as I like to call it, and also people who have never held a piece of clay in their hands before. So, there’s the full gamut,” said Sandra Hofferber, Boulder Mountain Clayworks.

You can purchase and fill your empty bowl on Sunday from noon to 2pm at the Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.

January 2016 ENewsletter

With the holiday season behind us and the calendar turned to 2016, we reflect on the past year and how much YOU’VE helped us accomplish.

  • The Mobile Food Bank distributed 5,895 healthy food boxes to 1,579 community members who are struggling.
  • Over 5,000 Snack Packs were given out to almost 200 school kids, to ensure they don’t go hungry on the weekends.
  • More than 4,500 lunches and snacks were distributed this summer though our Summer Food Program.
  •  A record high 3,645 bottles worth of formula were distributed through our Infant Formula Initiative. 
  • Families were able to keep their pets thanks to the “Paws for Hunger” program, in association with the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. This year, 991 bags of pet food were distributed.
  • Over 6,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables were gleaned from local trees last year!

In the coming year, we will redouble our efforts to feed and empower families, and reach more children that live in outlying areas with the support of our generous donors and committed volunteers.

Click here to read the entire January newsletter.

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Empty Bowls event raises funds for The Hunger Coalition

Join us for the 6th Annual Empty Bowls Event emptybowls_2016_poster_finalon Sunday, January 17th.

 Hunger is a community-wide challenge affecting more people than you might realizeeven 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.

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.

“Empty Bowls is a great way to show support for community members in need,” said Jeanne Liston, Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition. “Boulder Mountain Clayworks’ staff and volunteers work tirelessly throwing and making bowls, recruiting volunteers and restaurants, and ensuring the event goes off without a hitch,” added Liston. “It is a pleasure to partner with them and the Church of the Big Wood on this event to help feed our community’s hungry while enjoying a communal meal–AND everyone gets to take home a beautiful, locally made bowl!”

Proceeds will benefit the thousands of Blaine County residents who receive food assistance and related support from The Hunger Coalition every year. Winter months can be especially difficult for families struggling to make ends meet, as higher heating bills put additional pressure on household budgets. 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.

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, Big Belly Deli, Bigwood Bread, CK’s Real Food, The Haven, il Naso, Mahoney’s, Perry’s, Sun Valley Company, Cornerstone Bar and Grill, Ketchum Grill, Enoteca, Knob Hill Inn, Starbucks, Vintage Restaurant, and many more.

Bring 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.

The Hunger Coalition strives to end hunger in our community by providing wholesome food to those in need and by promoting solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy. For more information, visit