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.

July 2016 E-Newsletter

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The Hope Garden is located on the corner of Walnut and 1st Ave. in Hailey.

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Our Summer Food Program is blossoming this summer with the addition of Bloom as well as Lunch in the Park.

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Our newest endeavor… Bloom Community Farm!

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-We would not exist without our fab volunteers like Kathy Prior… want to help out like Kathy? Check out our volunteer needs under the volunteer tab on our website…l or email or call Rachel Shinn our Volunteer Manager 788-0121; rshinn@thehungercoalition.org

July is here and so is the start of many exciting programs at The Hunger Coalition!

The beautiful HOPE GARDEN is in full bloom, harvesting fresh herbs, raspberries, peas, cilantro and lettuce this week, LUNCH IN THE PARK is feeding hungry kids at Balmoral Park, FRESH BUCKS is doubling SNAP participants’ money at local farmers’ markets, and our BLOOM trailer hit the road and is delivering healthy sack lunches and library books from The Community Library to outlying areas of our county.

In addition to all this, I’m excited to announce we are building a COMMUNITY FARM to grow community through food and engage youth to blossom into healthy, contributing community members. Read more below about this exciting endeavor!

When people are in crisis, they need proper nutrition…. and they deserve it. As an investor in The Hunger Coalition, you are helping to ensure that everyone has access to healthy, local food. If you haven’t already, I hope you will consider contributing to our SUMMER APPEAL CAMPAIGN, where you can double your donation and make a difference in many local families’ lives.

We will continue to work our hardest to raise awareness of our programs and to help anyone in need in Blaine County.

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June 2016 E-Newsletter

June is here! School IMG_2249_rev1will be out for summer soon and we are gearing up our expanded Summer Food Program!

Although summer vacation is fun, many kids lose the one meal they depend on — school lunch. That’s why we created Lunch in the Park where kids ages 1-18 can come to Hailey for a free sack lunch Monday through Friday.

This is also our first year launching Bloom as part of thumb_DSC_0291_1024our Summer Food Program. Bloom is a food, literacy and enrichment program sponsored by The Community Library and The Hunger Coalition.

Thank you to The Sage School 10th and 11th grade students who put on a Farm to Table Feast from start to finish! This wonderful event raised a whopping$6,500 for The Hunger Coalition.

June also means The Hope Garden is in full swing! We’ve had dozens of students come through The Hope Garden for tours recently. Be sure to stop by the garden and see the beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables that will be harvested for our food distributions to community members in need. Check out this video with Pioneer Montessori students at The Hope Garden tasting pea leaves and learning about gardens, vegetables, herbs and eating healthy!


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Bloom Trailer!

“Bloom” trailer brings fresh food and inspiring books to kids in outlying areas

This Bloom_smallsummer you may see a big orange “Bloom” trailer traveling the valley. 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.

This trailer will be full of healthy, local food (prepared by the Wood River Sustainability Center) 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 in large part by the generosity of the Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation, the Peco Foundation and a recently awarded grant from the Wood River Women’s Foundation.

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. Continue reading