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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