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.

The Hunger Coalition Receives $1,000 Grant from Idaho Community Foundation

Hope Garden 2014_026The Hunger Coalition has received $1,000 from the Donald W. and Gretchen K. Fraser Fund, and the Jim and Barbara Cimino Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to support the numerous programs and that are crucial for local families’ success.

“This is a wonderful gift from the Idaho Community Foundation,” said Jeanne Liston,  Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition. “It will assist with the record numbers of people that have reached out for food assistance recently,” added Liston.

The Hunger Coalition is proud to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to meat, dairy, grains, beans and other staple food options at the three food distributions every week. “We believe that healthy food, including fresh fruits and vegetables are vital to the success of community members in our Valley,” said Liston. “Healthy food helps with a healthy mind,” added Liston.

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.

Cooking Matters – Silver Creek High School 2015

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Last day of class – Extreme Food Makeover Competition!

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Last day of class – Extreme Food Makeover Competition!

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Last day of class – Extreme Food Makeover Competition!

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Last day of class – Extreme Food Makeover Competition!

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Shopping for ingredients for the cooking competition.

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Students learn how to make a healthy breakfast omelette.

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Silver Creek High School students learn how to make a healthy breakfast omelette with fresh vegetables.

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Graduation day!

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Cooking Matters instructor, Sharon Dohse, shares a laugh with Silver Creek High School students.

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Silver Creek High School students making a healthy spaghetti meal.

This fall, the Cooking Matters® classes (taught in conjunction with the Idaho Foodbank) were taught to Silver Creek High School 11th and 12th graders. “Cooking Matters®” is a 6-week course that teaches individuals, families and kids how healthy cooking can be delicious, gratifying and most importantly – reasonably priced.

Thanks to a $6,377 grant from the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, these cooking and nutrition classes are possible.

“I loved these kids – they were so excited to learn about cooking healthy meals!” said Sharon Dohse, Cooking Matters® instructor. “I was impressed with the questions these students had about nutrition labels and about processed food in general,” added Sharon. “They learned a lot about what choices to make when going grocery shopping and on the last day of class, we had a cooking competition, where Kate Metzger, Executive Chef at il Naso, Ashton Wilson from the BCRD, and local caterer, Esta Hornstein were the judges,” added Sharon.

“We believe that The Hunger Coalition’s work aligns with the mission of the SLWR Foundation, which is to accelerate the advancement of innovative programs and services that fundamentally improve healthcare experiences in our community,” said Megan Thomas, Chief Development Officer at the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.

Cooking Matters® is a year-round nutrition education program at The Hunger Coalition. Upcoming classes in 2016 include a segment teaching the VOICE II students (kids 18-21 with disabilities). “I can’t wait to teach the VOICE II students next year,” said Sharon. “They are an engaged group of kids, with a thirst for learning–by doing,” added Sharon.

By participating in “Cooking Matters®” classes, students receive a dish to consume during each class, a bag of free ingredients for select classes, hands-on learning, text book, graduation certificate and gift bag provided upon completion of the course. To graduate, students must attend four of the six sessions.

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Shopping for ingredients for the cooking competition.

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Silver Creek High School students learning how to make healthy breakfast omelette.

The nutrition segment of each class is taught by Laurie McBride, a registered dietitian from St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. During each class, a healthy dish is cooked that exemplifies the nutrition lesson. “It was great talking about nutrition, and helping students decipher nutrition labels,” said Laurie. “They definitely understood the value of looking at labels and making good choices when shopping for food,” she added.

“This class is a perfect fit for our Big Picture Learning school,” said Silver Creek High School principal, Mike Glenn. “It is a workshop format packed with dense learning and immediately applicable. When students go home and cook for their mom, brothers and sisters or guardian and share their new knowledge about healthy eating, this is very impactful.” added Mike.

“Sharon is patient and caring in her approach to teaching. This hands-on approach is so effective in teaching this population of students. She has rallied many community resources and folks to come in and share their love of cooking to our students and the results speak for themselves- student engagement.” said Mike.
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Nutrition education taught by Laurie McBride, a registered dietitian from St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.

 

Howard Family Foundation Grant!

TheFood Bank 2014_016 Hunger Coalition has received $20,000 from the Gordon R. and Mary M. Howard Family Foundation to support its mission of providing food to community members in need.

This is the third consecutive year that the Howard Family Foundation has provided grant funding to The Hunger Coalition.  Kathleen Phelan Britt recommended the donation through her family foundation.  The grant will aid The Hunger Coalition with it’s food programs including: The Mobile Food Bank, Snack Pack Program, The Hope Garden, Summer Food Program and the Infant Formula Initiative.

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