Thanksgiving Baskets 2015

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Wow! What a day at The Hunger Coalition! On November 23, over 100 dedicated volunteers came together and helped distribute nearly 400 Thanksgiving Baskets to community members in need! Baskets were complete with a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, cranberries and a homemade pumpkin pie courtesy of The Sage School, The Community School, Syringa Mountain School and Pioneer Montessori.

Thank you to the generous donations at Albertsons checkstands and direct donations from the community to help make this happen!! Also thanks to all the volunteers and participants who came together to make this special day possible. What a wonderful feeling helping provide a hearty, delicious holiday meal to all of our community members!

Special shout out to The Community Library, Hailey Public Library and Bellevue Public Library for organizing a book giveaway for kids! Families could choose from a huge table of books to give their youngsters.

Here are some touching testimonials from Thanksgiving Basket recipients:

“It will make it possible for our family give thanks and remind us how lucky we are to be part of such a great community.”
“Living with a limited income and thanksgiving being my favorite holiday, I can receive food which I can’t buy.”
“My family and I will be able to have our first thanksgiving together as a family which would make our day – we recently lost my brother.”
“I am on a fixed disability income and its hard at times. We don’t have alot to work with. This will give us an opportunity to have a family dinner together. Leftovers can be stretched too.”

Happy Holidays everyone!!

 

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November 2015 E-Newsletter

tgiving turkeyDid you come see “Just Eat It” at the Liberty Theater last month? What an inspiring film and a great engagement opportunity for The Hunger Coalition, our co-sponsor the Local Food Alliance, the community and our partners.

Special thanks to DL Evans Bank for sponsoring the event,Chef Hal Jardine of Sun Valley’s Ram Restaurant for creating such incredible appetizers from rescued food and Sawtooth Brewery for donating the beer. There was a lively and interesting discussion about food waste and how each one of us can reduce the waste in our households.

For the annual Food Drive Day, the Sage School kids collected more than 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food from Wood River Valley residents in only two hours! This will help provide 1,156 meals to families in need. This food is much needed… we had a record 140 families who received food boxes last week!  

With the holidays just around the corner, we are seeking funds to help provide nearly 400 families with a special Thanksgiving dinner. This dinner is complete with a turkey all the fixin’s and even a homemade pie courtesy of The Sage School, Syringa Mountain School, Pioneer Montessori and the Community School. If 400 residents donated $35 each, we could reach our goal and provide everyone in need the special holiday meal they deserve

As we enter into the season of giving, we are always humbled by the incredible generosity of this community. Thank you for making an impact!

Click here to read the entire November 2015 newsletter.

MAKING THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL ON A BUDGET

tgiving turkeyThe Hunger Coalition helps local families experience the celebration of the holiday season

Slack is here and your work hours just got cut. Are you wondering how you’ll pull off Thanksgiving dinner this year, with only a few dollars left after being paid? The Hunger Coalition wants to help fill your table.

Holiday feasts are meant to add comforting contrast to the long, cold days of winter. If you’re facing an empty holiday table this year, know that your community is here to help.

Thanks to generous donors, The Hunger Coalition is able to provide Thanksgiving Baskets full of wonderful holiday foods: even pie.  This year, The Sage School is partnering with Syringa Mountain School, Community School and Pioneer Montessori School to bake 400 homemade pies to accompany every Thanksgiving Basket.  This level of commitment is inspiring and deeply appreciated! Continue reading