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The Hunger Coalition Wins Idaho’s Brightest Star Award

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Associate Director, (left) Naomi Spence and Director of Operations Brooke McKenna, proudly display The Hunger Coalition’s “Idaho’s Brightest Star Award”.

Last week, The Hunger Coalition was honored to win the “Idaho’s Brightest Star Award”,  presented by Serve Idaho and the Governor’s Commission of Service and Volunteerism.

The awards ceremony, held in Boise on January 21st, recognized Idaho’s “unsung heroes” who  volunteer tirelessly on behalf of children and families. The Hunger Coalition was one of 10  finalists and the only organization nominated in the Wood River Valley. Board member John  Kahm accepted the award on behalf of The Hunger Coalition. Serve Idaho promotes collaborative efforts among private and non-profit organizations, schools, and state and local government agencies to advance national service programs and volunteerism throughout the state.

“Among hundreds of entries, we were thrilled to be one of 10 finalists, and honored to win the award in our category,” said Jeanne Liston, Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition. “We strive every day to ensure everyone in our community has enough food on the table, and this effort would not be possible without the support of our generous donors, volunteers and partners,” added Liston.

The Hunger Coalition has numerous programs to help struggling people and families in our valley. Over half of the people they served last year were children.

“Serve Idaho is honored to present The Hunger Coalition with the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award,” said Renee Bade, Serve Idaho’s Program Manager. “150 volunteers provided more than 5,600 hours of volunteer time and led such efforts as the Summer Food Program, Snack Packs, The Hope Garden, and the Food Rescue Program,” said Bade. “Thanks to the help of the volunteers, The Hunger Coalition was able to help 3,543 people in 2014, nearly 17% of the population,” she added.

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. For more information, visit


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