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The Hunger Coalition honored with proclamation from the Governor Brad Little

The work of the organization to feed those in the Wood River Valley is not going unnoticed.
Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 9:49 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 11:52 AM MDT
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BELLEVUE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - October is National Hunger Awareness Month, and this year the problem has been heightened for many communities. Gov. Brad Little recognized a Wood River Valley organization for its work.

COVID-19 has impacted many people’s abilities to feed their families.

The Hunger Coalition in Bellevue works to provide healthy food for those in the Wood River Valley.

“The Hunger Coalition is currently feeding record numbers of families during this crisis," said Jacob Greenberg, a Blaine County Commissioner. “They have distributed over half a million pounds of food this year, which is double what they distributed all of last year.”

Gov. Brad Little recognized the Hunger Coalition with a proclamation.

“In the month of April, we served more people through our curbside food pantry than we had in the entire previous year,” said Jeanne Liston, the executive director.

By receiving the Governor’s Proclamation, it shows that the organization’s hard work to feed Blaine County isn’t going unnoticed.

“Basically in the last 8 months, we have been working tirelessly to make sure that there is that access to food, so it’s good to see that we are recognized along with other food organizations,” said Mary Simms, the development director.

The organization is working to grow is facility, by building a new Bloom Community Food Center.

“It’s going to be a great place to build community," Simms said. “People can grow food in the garden, bring it in, cook it, volunteer for veggies, there is going to be a kids room.”

They hope to continue to reduce the stigma surrounding food insecurity.

“It is truly an amazing organization," Simms said, "and since COVID, the community has really stepped up, whether it be in monetary donations or bags or egg cartons.”

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