The Food Security Council of the Montana Food Bank Network – which works to improve long term food security and reduce hunger in Montana – is pleased to announce its recognition of individuals and organizations who have worked to reduce hunger and improve the nutritional status of Montanans. First Lady Lisa Bullock will present the awards during a ceremony at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Capitol Rotunda in Helena.
Awards will be given to the following:
- Nancy Myers, Bigfork, MT. Treasure State Award: For the Most Treasured Volunteer. Nancy is a volunteer food pantry coordinator for a local church and coordinates volunteer efforts with the Bigfork Food Bank.
- Lynne Keenan, Browning, MT. Gates of the Mountain: For Opening the Gates to End Hunger. Lynne is the Food Service Manager at the Browning Public School District. She established a mobile feeding site for the Summer Food Service Program in her community.
- Ann Waickman, Helena, MT. Glacier Award: For Moving Mountains to End Hunger. Ann is the retiring Executive Director of Helena Food Share. Under her leadership, the organization has developed many new and innovative systems and programs to fight hunger in her community.
- Market Place, West Yellowstone, MT. Big Sky Award: For Business of the Year. Market Place donated nearly 9,000 pounds of food to the West Yellowstone Food Bank in 2014.
- Kendall Van Dyk, Helena, MT. Amber Waves of Grain Award: For Promoting Local Healthy Food. Former Senator Van Dyk sponsored House Bill 123 in 2013 establishing the Hunters Against Hunger program. This program has raised enough funds in the first year to process over 38,000 pounds of wild game for distribution in the emergency food system.
- Katie Bark, Bozeman, MT. Lewis and Clark Award: For Discovering Ways to Fight Hunger. Katie is the Project Director of the Montana Team Nutrition Program for the Office of Public Instruction. Her efforts have helped improve health and nutrition in several schools in Montana through programs such as The Smarter Lunchroom and Farm to School.
The Food Security Council is a council of the Montana Food Bank Network. The council works to improve long term food security and reduce hunger in Montana. http://mfbn.org/learn/public-policy/food-security-council
The Montana Food Bank Network, located at 5625 Expressway, Missoula, MT secures and distributes donated and low cost food and grocery products annually to over 200 hunger relief agencies throughout Montana. The Network works to meet the immediate need for food while advocating at the local, state, and national level for policy changes to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Montana. The Montana Food Bank Network is a member of Feeding America.