Inspiring joy, togetherness, growth, health and strength via good food since 2003, The Hunger Coalition is here to make a difference.

MISSION: The Hunger Coalition builds a healthy community through access to good food and addresses the root causes of food insecurity in collaboration with key partners. 

Why is it important?

Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is stated that everyone should have the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and of one’s family, including food. Yet, a staggering 35 percent of Blaine County, Idaho, remain food insecure or one crisis away from it. While the root cause of hunger can vary among persons, research shows that the primary barrier preventing people from reaching out for food when they need it most is stigma. Therefore, to fully solve hunger it is crucial to scrub the stigma that comes with food assistance, while building community.

How do they do it?

Founded in 2003, the selfless and dedicated team of volunteers at Hunger Coalition first started by collecting and distributing food to families on a shoestring budget. Now, it has evolved into a critical community assistance organization, headquartered in Bellevue, allowing everyone who walks through their doors to have a dignified grocery experience. In 2013, they introduced Bloom Community Farm and Bloom Truck as launch pads for a stigma-free community.

By 2017, Hunger Coalition put in place Bloom Youth Project and Volunteer for Veggies with the goal to provide a more comprehensive solution to hunger inn Blaine County apart from the traditional food support programs. By the end of 2017, almost 20 percent of the local population grew, ate, and shared foods through their programs.

How you can #TravelKindly
  • Travelers in the summer are welcome to drop into a Volunteer for Veggies session at their Bloom Community Farm and/or Hope Garden in Hailey where locals help work the dirt in exchange for a share of farm-fresh produce harvested right on site. 
  • Set up a fundraiser campaign on behalf of The Hunger Coalition during your travels. Host a good food dinner party, raise money for your adventures, or hike to the top of Hyndman Peak in Idaho in honor of good food. Your call!

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