Founded in 1983, the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to end hunger in Montana through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy.
As the only statewide food bank, MFBN solicits, sorts, repackages, warehouses, and distributes donated and purchased food to charitable programs that directly serve hungry Montanans. From a main warehouse and office in Missoula, MFBN distributes emergency food across the state through a network of nearly 200 Partner Agencies. MFBN is the only fully privileged Montana member of Feeding America, the national hunger fighting organization.
Each year the Montana Food Bank Network distributes approximately 8 million pounds of food around the state. MFBN partners with local emergency food programs to feed those who may otherwise go hungry, including women and children, the elderly, people with disabilities and the working poor. MFBN delivers food across the 150,000 square miles that comprises Montana, from larger towns to remote communities and Indian Reservations that often rely on MFBN to provide 100% of the food they distribute MFBN also offers Partner Agencies ongoing support, services, and a variety of tools to help strengthen their programs.
In addition to providing emergency food, the Montana Food Bank Network works to end hunger in Montana through public policy solutions at the local, state, and federal levels. MFBN works on an ongoing basis with legislators, government officials, and the hunger-relief community to make ending hunger in Montana a priority. MFBN works to increase awareness of and access to public nutrition programs by providing outreach materials to agencies around the state working with low-income clients, offering outreach and application assistance webinars to service providers, and providing assistance to those interested in applying for public nutrition programs.