Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10 years of feeding the hungry

The Hunger Coalition celebrates milestone in valley

Express Staff Writer

    It’s a fish out of water, but perhaps more striking is it’s a fish out of cans.
    In honor of The Hunger Coalition’s 10-year anniversary, the agents for better nutrition ventured into the art world. They have commissioned a fish sculpture made from canned foods as the centerpiece for an awareness and food-raising party Thursday, July 11, in Ketchum Town Square. Slow Children Playing will provide live music from 6-8 p.m., with an extra surprise for concert-goers.   
    The trout sculpture to be assembled will be 10 feet high and entirely made of locally purchased canned foods. A competition will be held challenging the public to guess the number of cans that make up the sculpture.
    Participants can wager their guess through The Hunger Coalition’s Facebook page prior to the event, or during the celebration. The winner will be announced that evening with a prize for the correct guess. The event will also feature a “Fill the Fish” raffle fundraiser with a chance to win free “Fly Fishing 101” lessons from Silver Creek Outfitters (a $300 value), a $100 gift certificate from Boca restaurant, and more.
    “The event is meant to not only thank our incredibly generous community for a decade of support,” said Executive Director Jeanne Liston, “but to spread awareness of our mission of feeding the hungry in Blaine County, in a fun way. The cans in the fish sculpture will be distributed to those in need after the event.”  
    With a reputation for mindfulness of resources and keeping the organization’s mission at the forefront in all activities, the raffle fundraiser and food drive being held in conjunction with the event provide the public an easy way to double or even triple the amount of food distributed to those in need.
    What started out as a small collaborative of individuals gathering food to supplement the efforts of local service agencies has blossomed into a larger organization distributing thousands of pounds of food each month directly to those in need in Blaine County. Throughout the coming year, The Hunger Coalition will celebrate its achievements.
    Three local men are responsible for the engineering and construction of the fish sculpture: Matthew Spence, Paul Bernstein and Steve Thornton, who spent many hours laboring to build the internal structure of the sculpture.
    The fish sculpture will be assembled in the Ketchum Town Square Plaza, at the corner of Fourth Street and East Avenue, across from Atkinsons’ Market. The concert and entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. Bring a food item for donation.
    For more information, visit or call 788-0121.

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