“Fresh Bucks” doubles SNAP recipients’ dollars at local farmers’ markets

106_smOnce again, The Hunger Coalition and the Wood River Farmers’ Markets are teaming up to increase access to fresh, locally grown food for those in need with Fresh Bucks.

Using Fresh Bucks, people can purchase fresh food at the Ketchum and Hailey Farmers’ Markets with their SNAP dollars. With the help from local sponsors, Fresh Bucks money will be doubled, up to $20 per week.  For individuals living on a tight food budget, this will allow their $20 SNAP dollars to become $40 worth of fresh, healthy food. This offer will be available to participants weekly while funds last.

“This is a chance for community members living on a tight budget to double their SNAP dollars and access fresh, local produce at our farmers’ markets through the Fresh Bucks program,” said Jeanne Liston, Executive Director. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in the energetic farmers’ market atmosphere and support local farmers. Continue reading

Local Food Survey in the Mail

The Hunger CoalitionThe Hunger Coalition, along with the help of two AmeriCorps Vistas and a diverse group of Community Food Assessment team members is conducting a local food survey.

The survey will be distributed in the mail to a random sample of Blaine County residents. The survey will touch on questions about how the community values its food, the importance of where and how our food is produced, and it will help The Hunger Coalition better understand how people cope with economic stress, and how those strategies impact their food choices within the county. Surveys will arrive in mailboxes at the end of June.

Don’t worry if you don’t receive a survey in the mail. The Hunger Coalition will be distributing surveys online, throughout neighborhoods and at community locations throughout the county this summer. Dot surveys on local food will also be set up. “These dot surveys are a fun, interactive way for the community to share their thoughts on local food,” said Emily Slike, Vista Outreach Coordinator.

“There has never been a survey like this in our area,” said Brooke McKenna, Director of Operations at The Hunger Coalition. “This survey could help provide data to develop new policy and programs regarding local food and food security,” added McKenna. “If you are one of the lucky ones to get a survey mailed to your household, please fill it out and share your opinions—this is one of those rare times where your responses will be used directly to shape the future of the food system in Blaine County,” said McKenna.

If you are interested in helping out with distributing surveys through door to door or community tables, helping conduct dot surveys, or are interested in other volunteer opportunities contact Emily at 208-721-4884 or eslike@thehungercoalition.org

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.



Community Food Conversation – Karen Bossick blog

Check out Karen Bossick’s story on the Community Food Assessment Conversation! Forty-two people attended the event and started the conversation about what the assessment should include.

Thanks to Karen for coming to and covering the event!


Community Food Assessment Conversation

The Hunger Coalition invites the community to join us for a Community Food Conversation (complete with food!) November 12th from 9-11am at The Valley Club.

Hope Garden 2014_027Learn about our year-long Community Food Assessment and how you can get involved.
Share your thoughts and concerns about Food and how it affects our community’s health.
Engage with others who are passionate about the Local Food Movement and committed to improving access to local, healthy food for all.
We hope you will join us to share your experiences, concerns and ideas!

Please RSVP to Emily Slike at eslike@thehungercoalition.org.
For more information, call 721-4884.