Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) is made up of nearly 200 nonprofit humanitarian and social services agencies across Montana. These Partner Agencies provide direct service to individuals and families in need by distributing food and grocery products to clients in their service areas. Each Partner Agency is as unique as the community it serves and forms the foundation of hunger relief throughout this wonderful state.
Partner Agencies range from regional food banks with modern warehouses to single rooms in rural towns. They provide assistance in the form of bags or boxes of groceries, hot meals in soup kitchens, or serve daily meals as part of residential and treatment programs. MFBN helps to meet around 5% of the total food needs of some larger, urban Partner Agencies while meeting almost 100% of the need in rural areas.
Montana Food Bank Network operates on a 6-week order & delivery cycle. At the start of each cycle MFBN provides order forms for several food programs offering product in caseload quantity to Partner Agencies. Agencies place their orders and wait for MFBN to make their scheduled delivery or make their order available for pick up at the MFBN warehouse in Missoula.
For some products, Partner Agencies pay a shared maintenance fee of no more than 19 cents per pound for nonperishable product. Perishable product such as fresh produce, bread, and dairy are offered with no shared maintenance fee. Shared maintenance helps cover a percentage of MFBN’s operational costs such as utilities, transportation, and running refrigerators and freezers. All other assistance and services provided by Montana Food Bank Network are available to Partner Agencies at no cost. This includes food safety training, meetings, outreach materials, nutrition information and training, and access to Feeding America resources.
Through partnership with Montana Food Bank Network, Partner Agencies can reduce the amount spent on food purchase and use the money saved to feed, shelter, train, counsel, educate, protect, rehabilitate, house, and comfort more individuals and families in need. Montana Food Bank Network serves as a supplemental food resource for its partners and encourages the development of long term charitable giving and solutions to hunger in Montana.