KMVT- Community Food Assessment Information

Study:14 percent of Blaine County needs assistance with meals

HAILEY, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) – A group of Blaine County organizations recently completed a community food assessment, focusing on food production, consumption trends, food waste and recovery, and food security in the Wood River Valley.

The study revealed about 14 percent of Blaine County residents are food insecure, meaning they need extra assistance with meals.

“Within this generalized 14ish percent of food insecure population in Blaine County, there are quite big differences as you move between the cities here. So Sun Valley has the lowest number at about 4.9 percent, Ketchum moves up to about 9.4 percent. We have some different numbers for north of Ketchum and mid-valley, I’ll just stick with the main ones. Hailey bumps up to 17.2 percent, and Bellevue moves up to 19. And then you go down to Carey and you’re up at 50 percent. So there is a vast difference even within our average number of what food insecurity looks like in each of these communities,” Lynea Petty, Food Production Manager, The Hunger Coalition.

The community food bank garden, called The Hope Garden, is located just outside the Blaine County Court House in Hailey. The Hunger Coalition uses it to grow fresh produce for its clients and also gives its clients and opportunity to learn to grow food on their own.

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February 2016 E-Newsletter

Brightest Stars Winner-3_johnWe are excited to share that The Hunger Coalition recently won Idaho’s Brightest Star award! It is thanks to our hard working staff, volunteers and generous community that we were chosen for this prestigious award. What an honor!

The Hunger Coalition - photo by Dev Khalsa

The Hunger Coalition – photo by Dev Khalsa

  Last month was our busiest January ever–22% higher than last January and more than DOUBLE from three years ago. Sadly, our busiest time of year is not even upon us yet.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, please consider purchasing a Stop Hunger card at the checkout stands of Atkinsons’ Markets ExecsummaryCoveror contributing to one of our yellow bins at Albertsons or Atkinsons’ Markets.

Are you interested in the Community Food Assessment’s findings of our local food system? Want to find out what community partners are doing moving forward, and what you can do too? Check out the Blaine County Food Assessment Executive Summary report here.

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Food Production-Initial Survey Results

Objective: Work in concert with University of Idaho to identify and quantify barriers to growing and sourcing food locally.

Methods: Stakeholder interviews; forthcoming University of Idaho survey.

Hope Garden 2014_025Outcomes: The “Production” section is forthcoming. We are also working with the University of Idaho on their upcoming large scale, well-funded project to learn more about barriers and opportunities to farming in Idaho. The University of Idaho survey was conducted with local vendors and their online producer survey will launch November 15, 2015. The CFA qualitative interviews are in progress with Blaine County producers, and the report will be completed by the end of November. Continue reading

CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Ruby Garcia


Ruby Garcia

Ruby’s family has been commuting to work to the valley since the early 1990’s. She decided to move to the valley in 2001 after being employed at a local preschool that allowed her to work and enjoy time with her daughter at the same time.

Since then, she has enjoyed every adventure in the valley – moving from preschool, to banking, to finding her home at St. Luke’s Center for Community Health as the Bilingual Outreach Coordinator. Ruby’s girls and the responsibility of their future is the greatest adventure this life has given her. Food is important to Ruby’s family and a crucial piece to this community, but it almost feels like it’s out of reach for some of our local residents. To Ruby this valley is seen by many as a high-end resort community. Because of this they sometimes forget that hard working people still live here and cannot always afford the prices that are set for healthy food.


Ruby’s two lovely daughters.

Being a part of the Blaine County Community Food Assessment has given Ruby the opportunity to learn more about the overall look of the food insecurity that we are currently living in and to be a part of finding healthy choices for all parties involved. She believes that the CFA will help to uncover some of the insecurities we face today and facilitate ideas to, as a community working together, overcome them.

CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Kathryn Guylay


Kathryn hiking near Stanley at Bridal Veil Falls.

Kathryn Guylay is the Executive Director of Nurture and author of the upcoming book The Smile Advantage: How to succeed in work, life and health, even when you’re headed for the cliff. Kathryn is a radio talk show host on KDPI 89.1 Ketchum where she shares inspiration and ideas for the health and wellness of children and families.

Kathryn and her family moved to the valley in 2011 to be closer to nature and to leave the “life in the fast lane” of Metro Chicago. Her family is still in awe every day by the beautiful mountain views, and they all exclaim every day how wonderful the air smells here!

Kathryn wanted to be a part of the Community Food Assessment (CFA) because our valley has a unique opportunity to create a huge change because we are so small yet so full of amazing people. Why does she think the CFA is important? “Food is important, our earth is important, all the living creatures of this planet are important,” said Kathryn. “We are all interconnected,” smiled Kathryn.

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Finishing the 2014 Sun Valley Half Marathon as a family–Kathryn poses with her husband Jeff, son Alexander (12) and daughter Elena (14). Photo credit: Hank Dart


CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Julie Carney

IMG_1489Julie Carney is the social worker at Wood River High School. She was born in Southern California and moved to the valley with her parents, John and Sue Stoneback and her sister Sharyl, in 1978 when she was 11 years old.  After graduating from Wood River High School, she began her undergraduate education at University of Idaho, and she eventually ended up at The University of California Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991. In 1996 she received her master’s in social work. Julie then continued on and became licensed in Idaho as a licensed clinical social worker. Continue reading

CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Jamie Truppi

jtruppiJamie Truppi was born in Boise, Idaho and was lucky enough to be raised partially in the Sawtooth Mountains on a dude ranch. In her countless moves in our country and abroad, Idaho’s mountains have always felt like home to her.

After absorbing in the fruits of Portland, OR for six years, Jamie and her family moved back to the Wood River Valley two years ago. They bought a home in Bellevue, and recently welcomed a baby girl to their family. Continue reading

Latino Focus Group Synopsis

focusOn Monday, March 23rd, we held our fifth and final focus group with the Latino population that suffers from food insecurity. The focus group was graciously facilitated by Cyndi Ochoa of the Wood River YMCA and was well attended – we had 12 attendees in total! Cyndi did a wonderful job applying her excellent interpersonal skills to establish a repoire with the group. They were all comfortable with her, and the group had a fruitful conversation on food insecurity.

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CFA Advisory Team Spotlight: Lorna

lornaThe Wood River Valley is Lorna’s home. Although originally from Massachusetts, she has called Idaho her home for the last 30 years. She first discovered the beauty of Idaho while accepting a job with the U.S. Forest Service.

Lorna loves doing all things outdoorsy: hiking with her two lornas dogsbeloved dogs (shown left), recreating in the wild, visiting the many wonders of the state, and tending to her home and flowers.

We invited Lorna to join the Advisory Team of the Community Food Assessment because she is a client of The Hunger Coalition. She has long been concerned about hunger in the community, and the lack of wholesome real food for economically challenged households.