HAILEY, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) - A group of Blaine County organizations recently completed a community food assessment, focusing on food production, consumption trends, food waste and recovery, and food security in the Wood River Valley.
The study revealed about 14 percent of Blaine County residents are food insecure, meaning they need extra assistance with meals.
“Within this generalized 14ish percent of food insecure population in Blaine County, there are quite big differences as you move between the cities here. So Sun Valley has the lowest number at about 4.9 percent, Ketchum moves up to about 9.4 percent. We have some different numbers for north of Ketchum and mid-valley, I’ll just stick with the main ones. Hailey bumps up to 17.2 percent, and Bellevue moves up to 19. And then you go down to Carey and you’re up at 50 percent. So there is a vast difference even within our average number of what food insecurity looks like in each of these communities,” Lynea Petty, Food Production Manager, The Hunger Coalition.
The community food bank garden, called The Hope Garden, is located just outside the Blaine County Court House in Hailey. The Hunger Coalition uses it to grow fresh produce for its clients and also gives its clients and opportunity to learn to grow food on their own.
“It’s definitely a reality check. I think a lot of us can walk around and feel like this isn’t as much of an issue in here, in our neighborhoods. And it absolutely is, just as it is everywhere else,” said Petty.
If you’d like to lend a helping hand, The Hope Garden is seeking volunteers throughout the summer.