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!

Read the full August newsletter here. Or, better yet, get it automatically in your in-box every month. We won’t spam you with tons of emails.. just one a month, for you to keep up on what’s shaking at THC!

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.
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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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Idaho Gives 2016 – Thank you donors!

idg_2016_logo_color_taglineIdaho Gives 2016 was a huge success for The Hunger Coalition and Blaine County kids!

YOU raised $13,080 total to support The Summer Food Program! Thank you to The Nalen Foundation for their $5,000 matching grant which doubled every donation up to $5,000!

Idaho Gives - Summer Food program helps feed local kids. One last thank you goes to the Idaho Non Profit Center !

What a generous community we live in! Continue reading

Bloom Trailer!

“Bloom” trailer brings fresh food and inspiring books to kids in outlying areas

This Bloom_smallsummer you may see a big orange “Bloom” trailer traveling the valley. Bloom is a food truck and mobile library designed to provide access to the critical nutrition and education
opportunities that all children in our valley need and deserve.

This trailer will be full of healthy, local food (prepared by the Wood River Sustainability Center) and books available for checkout (from The Community Library) for children who live on the outskirts of our small towns, removed from the abundance of available resources.

Bloom is funded in large part by the generosity of the Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation, the Peco Foundation and a recently awarded grant from the Wood River Women’s Foundation.

Bloom will connect children to books and learning and also provide a free, nutritious lunch to those who are often left without access to healthy foods and summer activities. 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.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS!

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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

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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!

Click here to read the entire newsletter.

July 2015 E-Newsletter

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Lunch in the Park 2015!

July marks the start of summer, and many exciting programs at The Hunger Coalition!

The beautiful HOPE GARDEN is in full bloom, harvesting fresh herbs, raspberries, peas and lettuce this week,LUNCH IN THE PARK is feeding 90% more kids at Balmoral Park than last year, FRESH BUCKS is doubling SNAP participants money at local farmers’ markets, the COMMUNITY FOOD ASSESSMENT is sending out surveys to find out what is important to locals when purchasing food, AND you are helping us save thousands of pounds of food with our FOOD RECOVERY program. 

To read the complete e-newsletter, click here.

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.