The Hunger Coalition Extends its Hours

BY TONY EVANS – THE IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS

Food Bank 2014_024The Hunger Coalition in Bellevue will extend its hours of operation, beginning on April 27, to meet an increase in demand from working families.

Food distribution hours will be extended at its Bellevue warehouse location on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Hunger Coalition is open to the public, offering food assistance and private consultations for walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Spring slack can be a slow time of year for many valley businesses, but it’s one of the busiest for the Hunger Coalition,” said Hunger Coalition Communications and Development Manager Julie Molema. “Many families struggle to pay bills and put food on the table at this time of year.”

The Hunger Coalition works to end hunger in the Wood River Valley community by providing wholesome food to those in need and by promoting solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy.

Food Bank 2014_032Molema said she has seen a recent uptick in the number of families using the Hunger Coalition to get by, with more and more families arriving in the last hour of business during Monday’s busy food distribution period in Bellevue.

After conducting client surveys, analyzing check-in times and receiving comments from food recipients about how it can be difficult to access the services after work, the organization decided to extend its Monday mobile food bank distribution.

“We’ve received numerous comments from clients that it is hard to access our food distributions 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 last several months.”

For more information, visit www.thehungercoalition.org.

The original article, came from the Idaho Mountain Express April 17 edition.

THC 2015 Annual Goals

Here at The Hunger Coalition, we have weekly strategic-planning meetings that include topics like: how to improve overall as an organization, how to reach more people in need and how to continue providing healthy, nutritious food (and education) to clients. Here are our 11 (we couldn’t keep it to 10!) goals for 2015. We often shoot for the stars, knowing that it’s OK to fail, if we’ve tried our best.

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  1. Identify the true number of food insecure individuals in Blaine County through
    the Community Food Assessment.
  2. Through Daily Bites, identify high need students and inform 220 of them about additional THC services as needed, with at least 22 accessing additional support.
  3. Create and implement an awareness campaign that helps us increase our numbers served to 3,700 people total.
  4. Increase healthy summer meals and snacks served to children by 9% through our Summer Food Program (Kid’s Café, Lunch in the Park & Daily Bites) through increased marketing.
  5. Work with school district administration, teachers, school social workers and partner advocates to increase the number of students enrolled in our Snack Pack Program to 200 students.
  6. Ensure 100% of mothers who reach out to us have access to vital nutrition for their infants during the first year of their lives through our Infant Formula Initiative.
  7. Provide a minimum of 1,750 pounds of fresh, locally grown food through The Hope Garden to feed the hungry through our Mobile Food Bank.
  8. Educate 500 children up to the age of 19 and at risk of food insecurity on nutrition education through education programs and tours of The Hope Garden and Food Bank warehouse.
  9. Rescue a minimum of 4,250 pounds of locally grown fruits and vegetables through our Gleaning Program to feed the hungry.
  10. Reassess food boxes regarding portion and quantity of food, referencing My Plate standards, to ensure adequate amounts per each family size and increase if needed.
  11. Ensure 90% of people who respond to the annual nutrition survey report that the food we distribute meets or exceeds their nutritional needs.