May 2015 E-Newsletter

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Lunch in the Park! June 15-August 21, 2015 at the Balmoral Play Field. Free sack lunch to all kids 1-18! Join us!

What an incredible community we live in. On May 7, for Idaho Gives you raised $13,455 for the Summer Food Program! An amazing amount of giving in one day-all online. Thank you to Buddy Wilton and Shay Doll for their $5,000 matching grant, making the day a huge success for Blaine County kids.

We have also started our extended hours at the Monday Food Distribution. We are open from 1:00 to 6:30 pm in Bellevue to help working families access our services. On our first day of the extended hours on April 27, we served 88 families – a record amount of people reaching out for our services in one day.

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The Hunger Coalition Extends its Hours

BY TONY EVANS – THE IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS

Food Bank 2014_024The Hunger Coalition in Bellevue will extend its hours of operation, beginning on April 27, to meet an increase in demand from working families.

Food distribution hours will be extended at its Bellevue warehouse location on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Hunger Coalition is open to the public, offering food assistance and private consultations for walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Spring slack can be a slow time of year for many valley businesses, but it’s one of the busiest for the Hunger Coalition,” said Hunger Coalition Communications and Development Manager Julie Molema. “Many families struggle to pay bills and put food on the table at this time of year.”

The Hunger Coalition works to end hunger in the Wood River Valley community by providing wholesome food to those in need and by promoting solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy.

Food Bank 2014_032Molema said she has seen a recent uptick in the number of families using the Hunger Coalition to get by, with more and more families arriving in the last hour of business during Monday’s busy food distribution period in Bellevue.

After conducting client surveys, analyzing check-in times and receiving comments from food recipients about how it can be difficult to access the services after work, the organization decided to extend its Monday mobile food bank distribution.

“We’ve received numerous comments from clients that it is hard to access our food distributions after work,” said Associate Director Naomi Spence. “And the amount of people coming to get food in the last half hour in Bellevue has increased dramatically in the last several months.”

For more information, visit www.thehungercoalition.org.

The original article, came from the Idaho Mountain Express April 17 edition.

Hope Garden seeks volunteer gardeners, extends food bank hours

Originally posted on Eye on Sun Valley

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK
Want to get your hands dirty?

The Hope Garden Team is getting ready to plant leafy greens, vegetables summer berries and fragrant herbs.

Volunteers are invited to join the cause, raising fresh produce for hungry families, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Hope Garden outside the Blaine County Courthouse at First and Walnut streets in Hailey.

Fresh bites are need more than ever, even though the Great Recession appears to be winding down. The Hunger Coalition recently distributed food to 129 families in a single week–very high numbers, said Julie Molema.

In response,The Hunger Coalition is extending its Monday mobile food bank hours.

Starting Monday, April 27, the Bellevue warehouse will be open from 1 to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate those working several jobs but still unable to make ends meet. The Hunger Coalition  offers food assistance and private consultations for walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We’ve receive numerous comments from clients that it is hard to access our food distribution after work,” said Associate Director Naomi Spence. “And the amount of people coming to get food in the last half-hour in Bellevue has increased dramatically in the past several months.”

Call Hallie Reikowsky at 720-1521 or email hreikowsky@thehungercoalition.org for more information about the Hope Garden.

For more information about The Hunger Coalition, go to thehungercoalition.org or call 788-0121

 

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Extended Hours at The Hunger Coalition

photo by Dev Khalsa

photo by Dev Khalsa

Spring slack can be a slow time of year for many valley businesses—but it’s one of the busiest for The Hunger Coalition. Many families struggle to pay bills and put food on the table at this time of year.

The Hunger Coalition has seen an uptick in numbers recently, with more and more families arriving in the last hour of business during Monday’s busy food distribution in Bellevue. After conducting client surveys, analyzing check-in times and receiving comments from food recipients about how it can be difficult to access our services after work, The Hunger Coalition decided to extend its Monday mobile food bank distribution during the Hunger Season (when need is high and donations plummet). Continue reading