August 2016 E-Newsletter

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Our new-ish remodeled offices have created more offices and space for our growing staff! Thanks Lee Gilman Builders and all the subcontractors who gave/donated time and materials to our space!

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So far this summer, due to our Bloom mobile food truck and library, our Summer Food Program has reached 87% more kids than last summer.

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The Hope Garden needs volunteers! Hope Garden volunteer hours are: Mondays 8:30 – 10am & 7-8:30pm, Wednesdays 7-8:30pm =and Thursdays 8:30-10am

Summer is in full swing and we are thrilled to be in our remodeled offices! Huge thanks goes out to Lee Gilman Builders who took on this remodel project in the middle of their busiest season and helped get things done quickly, efficiently AND cost effectively. See below for a list of businesses who contributed to the remodel. We are incredibly thankful for their support!

Our Summer Food Program is rocking and rolling this year! We’re serving 87% more kids than last year thanks to the Bloom bus. Thank you to the Blaine County School District for partnering with us for Lunch in the Park. We’ve served more than 3,000 lunches to nearly 250 kids so far this summer!

Bloom Community Farm

The Bloom Community Farm is making headway! Check it out! Located at the east end of Quigley Canyon – past the high school on Fox Acres Rd. and drive past the gates!

The Hope Garden is in full bloom with raspberries, carrots, snow peas, beans, radishes, kale, cabbage, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, beets and herbs harvesting this week!

Join in the fun! Hope Garden volunteer hours are:
Mondays 8:30 – 10am & 7-8:30pm
Wednesdays 7-8:30pm
Thursdays 8:30-10am

There are so many ways to make a difference this month. Read on to learn more and thank you to our wonderful community for your incredible generosity and our strong partnerships with other agencies!

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Grants received from Wood River Women’s Foundation for Bloom

 

bloom_logo_orangeThe Hunger Coalition and The Community Library both received grants from the Wood River Women’s Foundation, a Philanthropic Gift Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation. Grants were given to support the Bloom trailer program which provides free, healthy sack lunches from The Hunger Coalition and library books from The Community Library to children living in outlying areas in the valley.

The foundation provided an overall grant of $27,000, with $18,180 going to The Hunger Coalition and $8,820 to The Community Library.

IMG_2346Bloom opens up such wonderful opportunities to impact lives,” said Jeanne Liston, Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition.  “Reaching kids in isolated neighborhoods with nourishing food feeds young bodies.  The added partnership with The Community Library is feeding young minds. Both are critical in helping children blossom and grow.”

With the addition of Bloom, The Hunger Coalition’s Summer Food Program fed 95% more kids this June compared to the prior year. In addition, 16 local partner organizations have jumped on board to provide free activities, including 4-H, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, the Forest Service and more.

Jenny Emery Davidson, Executive Director of The Community Library states, “We are excited by this collaborative outreach program that is helping The Community Library extend its summer reading program to even more children in our rural mountain area. By bringing books and activities to kids in their own neighborhoods, we hope to enrich their summers and inspire them to lives full of learning!”

Through Bloom, just in its first month on the road, 134 children have gotten new library cards, and they have checked out 532 books. That is a lot of reading happening in neighborhoods from Carey to North Fork!

With the support of organizations like the Wood River Women’s Foundation, The Hunger Coalition and The Community Library can ensure our community’s children have a real chance at becoming healthy, productive adults.

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 www.thehungercoalition.org.

The Community Library brings information, ideas, and individuals together to enhance the cultural life of our community. We work to promote literacy, encourage community conversations, provide contemplative space, foster creativity, and deepen a sense of place in central Idaho.