There was a food crisis in Blaine County well before COVID-19 hit town. Our friends and neighbors were wracked with the eighth highest food costs in the nation*, a lack of affordable housing, and wages that had not kept pace with living expenses. Before the pandemic hit, The Hunger Coalition was providing food for 1 in 6 local people. Things were already hard before COVID-19 came to town and made life that much harder.
The Hunger Coalition is now feeding nearly two times as many families as we were before COVID-19. The pandemic broke people holding on by a thread and reinforced how badly we need a change.
To more fully answer the needs of our community, Bloom Community Food Center includes…
Bloom Community Food Center is a place of pride. It encourages health and human connection through growing, cooking, and sharing food. While we continue to provide emergency food for people in crisis, there is a greater variety of access options to answer the diverse needs of our community.
Much of our inspiration for these changes has come from a successful model in Canada. Watch this short video from our mentors to envision where we’re headed.