BACKGROUND & HISTORY
In 2014, The Hunger Coalition engaged representatives from 25 community organizations to create a support team for the Blaine County Community Food Assessment. The year-long food assessment, which collected data from surveys, interviews, and focus groups, helped identify both gaps in our local food system and general community attitudes toward local and organic food. Following the assessment, team members were inspired to continue collaborating on food system issues and formed the Blaine County Food Council (BCFC).
In 2019, a Community Food System Strategic Plan commissioned by Sun Valley Institute highlighted the need for better coordination and collaboration among food system leaders. Blaine County Food Council shifted its focus to providing networking opportunities for local and regional stakeholders, including farmers, wholesale buyers, and non-profit leaders.