Emmett Hunger Free Community Initiative
The Emmett Hunger Free Community Initiative “envisions Gem Community to be self-reliant with active, compassionate citizens who will volunteer and align resources to enhance of Valley of Plenty.” The core coalition team includes the Mayor of Emmett, Gem County Commissioner, City Councilwoman, Asst. Superintendent of School District and alternative school, chamber of commerce, emergency food pantry and soup kitchen, faith community, local farmer/rancher, Latino community, community action partnership, and senior center. The community coalition originated from our 2010 Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity.
The Hunger Free Communities Initiative looks beyond emergency food assistance and explores local food systems, economic development, community support systems, and civic engagement for enduring solutions to build a food secure and thriving community. The Emmett pilot is a public and private effort to assess community strengths and challenges, and engage community members to plan and implement local solutions that promote healthy independence.
|Primary Contact:||Kathy Gardner|
|City:||Garden City, Idaho|
|Scope of your HFC coalition||Countywide|
|Type of Community:||Rural|
|Coordinated Activities:||Advocacy, Capacity Building/Training, Community Engagement/Resource Campaigns|
|Programs||Backpack Programs, Community Gardens, Community/Soup Kitchens, Farmers Markets, Food Pantries, Gleaning, Home Meal Delivery, School Meals, Summer Feeding|
|Coalition Composition:||Businesses, Churches/Synagogues/Mosques, Colleges and Universities, Elected Officials, Faith-Based Organizations, Farmers, Government Agencies, Non-Profit Organizations, Primary and Secondary Schools|
|Community Plan:||Plan Not Yet Complete|