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!

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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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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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April 2016 E-Newsletter

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The Hunger Coalition client accessing food assistance. photo by Dev Khalsa

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Corporate Food Drive is April 4-15!

Spring slack can mean a slow time of year for many locals and businesses-but it’s one of the busiest times at The Hunger Coalition.

Last month was a busy month here. 621 food boxes were distributed in March alone. We’ve experienced a 10% increase in food boxes through the first quarter compared to last year’s first quarter. 

The uptick in numbers is normal for this time of the year, but it’s still alarming that on average the number of people seeking food assistance is increasing rather than decreasing.

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The Hope Garden volunteer at work getting her hands dirty! Photo by Dev Khalsa.

To help with the increasing need, local businesses are once again stepping up for our annual Spring Corporate Food Drive. We have five new businesses participating this year, with a total of 11 businesses competing for the Golden Can Award! Thank you to all the local businesses for collecting food and funds to help during this busy time of year. 

The Hope Garden is also starting to spring to life! Don’t miss the Seed and Plant Swap on April 23 at the Hailey Grange and check out our new volunteer hours for spring slack. 

We recently held our Strategic Planning retreat, mapping out many new exciting ideas and programs for the future. Stay tuned as we finalize our plans!  

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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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Donor Appreciation Party 2014

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our annual Donor Appreciation Party on a beautiful September evening. The Hope Garden looked especially wonderful and it was a time to say thank you to our wonderful donors, who help us grow, much like the Hope Garden.  Thank you for your continued support, because without you we would not exist!

 

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