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.
We envision a community free from hunger where all individuals are able to participate as healthy, contributing members.
Compassion for the plight of those less fortunate
Empowerment of the hungry to become healthy, contributing members of our community
Human dignity and the right of all to have their basic needs met respectfully
Efficient use of donor resources to meet our clients’ needs
Responsibility toward our neighbors in need
Providing hope to the hungry
Inspiring a culture of excellence
What We Believe
We believe that providing basic food security lays the cornerstone on which people in need can build lives of greater economic security. We believe that once food security is met, other community service agencies will be more effective in their efforts to help people in need move toward economic security. We believe that feeding those in need is an urgent moral and practical imperative. If Blaine County wants a vibrant economy and a connected community, and if it wants to be prepared for civil or natural disaster, then we believe the County must make a commitment to support a coordinated network that acquires and distributes food to children and neighbors in need.
The Hunger Coalition is a nonprofit agency managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, an Executive Director and 9 Staff Members, and over 150 community volunteers. We were founded in 2003 and incorporated in 2004.
The Hunger Coalition is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID # 72-1582755.
Give Your Time. Make An Impact!
Would you like to make a difference by feeding the hungry in our community? Join our team of over 150 dedicated volunteers who enjoy contributing their time and energy by helping at our Mobile Food Banks, sorting food in our warehouse, working in The Hope Garden, entering data, organizing food drives, helping teach workshops, and more. Click here for a complete list of our Volunteer Opportunities.
Fill in our easy volunteer sign up form and we’ll contact you about opportunities!
“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless.”
Our Volunteer Accomplishments in 2014:
Helped harvest 1,539 pounds of fresh organic produce from The Hope Garden.
Helped put the equivalent of over 141,000 meals on the tables of local families and individuals facing hunger.
Stuffed over 4,540 backpacks with easy-to-prepare foods for hungry students in need of sufficient nourishment over the weekends during the 2013-2014 school year.
Created resumes, cover letters, and mentored those ready to make changes in their job, life, and education
Food Assistance Programs
Mobile Food Bank Providing wholesome, nutritious foods to the hungry in our community on a weekly basis year-round.
Snack Packs Sending children home from school on the weekends with an assortment of healthy snacks to supplement daily nutritional needs.
Summer Food Program – Serving free hot breakfasts and lunches to children under 18 during the summertime.
Infant Formula Initiative - Providing critical supplemental nutrition to infants at risk of malnutrition and hunger.
Food Assistance Outside the Wood River Valley Our food assistance programs are available to anyone in Blaine County facing hunger and unable to make ends meet. While the needs of those outside Blaine County are important to us, we ask they access the social service agencies and community organizations in their counties.
Empowerment Services Through private client interviews, our client resource staff can assess the level of need, identify additional food assistance and empowerment programs, connect clients with valuable community resources, and introduce educational opportunities to assist with their transition out of food insecurity. Community Resource Card ~ English Spanish
Partner with Community Agencies: The Hunger Coalition works closely with social, health, employment, educational, and community service agencies and organizations throughout our community. We invite you to visit our Partners Page.
Operate a Food Bank: Our storage and office facility in Bellevue provides ample storage for dry/canned goods, refrigerated or cold storage foods, and frozen items that are donated or purchased throughout the year. The Food Bank hosts a weekly distribution as well as second floor offices for nine staff members and volunteers.
Collect Fresh & Non-Perishable Foods: We collect non-perishable food items year-round through our yellow collection bins and through food drivessponsored by schools, churches, businesses, and community service groups. We also receive regular food donations through our Perishable Goods Pick Up Program and enjoy seasonal offerings from The Hope Garden and through our Gleaning Program. All foods collected are distributed through our Mobile Food Bank
Inform and Educate on Hunger: Raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community through education, local media, and community outreach. We also collaborate with community service groups and social service agencies to bring people in need together with services to help get them back on their feet. Read About Hunger Here
Call us at 208-788-0121 for more information!