July 2016 E-Newsletter


The Hope Garden is located on the corner of Walnut and 1st Ave. in Hailey.


Our Summer Food Program is blossoming this summer with the addition of Bloom as well as Lunch in the Park.


Our newest endeavor… Bloom Community Farm!


-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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Lunch in the Park – a hit with the kids!

By Desiree Fawn- KMTV

HAILEY, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) – A growing number of children in Blaine County are counting on a free “Lunch in the Park” during summer break.
Lunch in the Park is a Federal program that is served locally through a partnership between The Hunger Coalition and the Blaine County School District.

Every Monday through Friday from noon to 1pm throughout the summer, kids flock to Balmoral Park in Woodside for a free healthy lunch and some socializing.

“42% of kids in Blaine County are on free and reduced lunch during the school year. And so, during the summer a lot of those guaranteed meals kind of go away. And so the idea is for us to provide food for those kids through the duration of the summer,” said Rachel Shinn, Volunteer Program Manager at The Hunger Coalition.

The Hunger Coalition said last year the program fed over 4500 meals to 350 kids.

This week marks the beginning of this year’s program. On Thursday, the program fed 73 children.

“It’s definitely gained every year. Gained popularity with the kids I guess and a lot more people trust the access. This program would not be successful without all of our amazing stellar volunteers that come out and just engage the kids and make sure the program runs really smoothly,” said Shinn.

You get to know the kids a little better, I’ve been doing this now, this is my second year and I’m trying to remember names, doing a pretty good job of it. It’s relaxed and it’s fun. We try to make it such that we’re here for them but we also like to see them enjoying themselves,” said Jane Oliver, volunteer.

Anyone ages 0 – 18 is welcome and adults arriving with children can purchase lunch at a reduced cost.

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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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Summer Food Program ’16 Starts June 20

Are yoIMG_2338u wondering how to keep your kids fed this summer when school is out? Bring them to the Balmoral play field in Hailey for a free, healthy sack lunch every day this summer!

Thanks to The Hunger Coalition, Blaine County School District and community volunteers, Lunch in the Park offers free sack lunches to kids 18 and under throughout the summer. Beginning Monday, June 20, free sack lunches are available weekdays from 12pm – 1pm through August 19 at the Balmoral play field in Hailey. Parents or guardians can purchase a lunch for $1.

“When school ends, hunger begins for many local children who rely on school lunch as the one meal a day they can count on,” said Naomi Spence, Associate Director of The Hunger Coalition. “That’s why we started the Lunch in the Park program as a way for kids to come together, get a free, healthy sack lunch, play in the park and enjoy their summer,” she added.  Continue reading

Summer Food Program 2015!

The 2015 Summer Food Program served 7,833 free lunches and snacks to local children in need. This is done with the generous help of volunteers and this year’s summer intern, Sarah Williams. A record 87 kids were served in one day!

In its second year, “Lunch in the Park” provided kids with a free and nutritious sack lunch at the playfield at Balmoral Park. Also implemented for a second year, was the “Daily Bites” program where kids received healthy snacks daily during summer camp. In 2015, Daily Bites served 3,419 snacks to needy Blaine County kids at summer camp. Nearly 350 kids were fed this summer!

“Lunch in the Park was a hit with the kids, where they learned nutrition and environmental science, enjoyed many arts and crafts projects, and even got to pet some goats,” said Krista Felton, Summer Food Program Manager. “Thank you to BCSD and all of our partners for making the year such a success–what a great partnership in helping feed the tummies and minds of so many kids,” added Krista.


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 Check out all the photos from this year’s Summer Food Program below!

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August 2015 E-Newsletter


Our star volunteer, Eduardo, serves up free sack lunches to kids at Lunch in the Park in Hailey every day 11-noon through August 21, 2015.

Summer is in full swing and along with it is the Summer Food Program  Thank you to the Blaine County School District for partnering with us for this important program. We’ve served an average of 37% more lunches at Lunch in the Park this year compared to last year!

The Hope Garden is in full bloom with carrots, onions, cucumbers, peas, squash, peppers, beets, and cabbage harvesting this week! We hope you will join us in the garden for our annual APPRECIATION PARTY for all our wonderful volunteers and donors who help keep this place running smoothly! Save the date for September 9 from 5:30-7 pm at The Hope Garden. 

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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Summer Food Program Starts June 15

IMG_0736Keep your kids happy and healthy this year with a free sack lunches in Hailey!

Thanks to The Hunger Coalition, Blaine County School District and community volunteers, Lunch in the Park offers free sack lunches to kids 18 and under throughout the summer. Beginning Monday, June 15, free sack lunches are available weekdays from 11am – 12 noon through August 21 at the Balmoral play field in Hailey. Parents or guardians can purchase a lunch for $1.

“When school is out for summer, many kids loose the one meal they count on—school lunch,” said Naomi Spence, Associate Director. “Lunch in the Park is a great way for kids to come together, get a free, healthy sack lunch, play in the park and enjoy summer,” added Spence.

Free activities will be held weekly from organizations like the Hailey Public Library, Bellevue Public Library, Environmental Resource Center, 4-H, The Community Library and more!

With more than 450 children living in poverty in Blaine County, and hundreds of local families struggling to make ends meet, Lunch in the Park ensures our children have access to the nutrition they need. With the help of the Blaine County School District, volunteers and staff, free sack lunches are provided for local children experiencing hunger or family crisis.

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.

July 2014

E-Newsletter Highlights

Even though summer is in full swing and our towns are bustling with people, that doesn’t mean that some residents aren’t still struggling. We served 40% more people at our Mobile Food Bank in June than the same time last year. And we’ve fed three times the number of children in our Backpack and Snack Attack programs this year.

We are also thrilled to announce a successful launch to our newest children’s food program called LUNCH IN THE PARK. Monday through Friday, all summer long we provide sack lunches to children at the play field next to Balmoral apartments.This is a central location for all the low income housing units in Woodside and a safe place for children to share lunch together with friends.

In the first three weeks, we have served more than 500 lunches to children who might face hunger otherwise. We thank the wonderful volunteers and supporters who allow this phenomenal program to happen! Read the full July 2014 newsletter here!