Northwest Farm Credit Services and CoBank generously donated $90,000 to the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) for a new refrigerated mobile food pantry truck. The Mobile Food Pantry will allow MFBN to provide emergency food assistance and services to hungry children, families and seniors in rural areas of Montana that may be underserved or lacking in local food pantries and full service grocery stores.
The Montana Food Bank Network’s Mobile Food Pantry will work with local community volunteers to establish a regularly scheduled drop off location. Food will be distributed either farmer’s market style or as a pre-packed food box. The 50 pound food box contains: canned goods, pasta, beans, fresh fruits, vegetables, snack foods, dairy, and baked goods. Mobile Food Pantry will also provide an opportunity for local service providers to conduct outreach and connect those coming for assistance with public food programs and other existing resources.
“By supporting the Mobile Food Pantry, Northwest Farm Credit and Co-Bank have helped MFBN move one step closer to our goal of ensuring all Montanan’s have access to healthy, nutritious food,” said Gayle Gifford, CEO of the Montana Food Bank Network.
Say hello if you see a Chuck Wagon out on the road. The mobile food pantry truck design was inspired by MFBN’s own semi-truck CB handle on the road: ‘The Chuck Wagon’.
The Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) is Montana’s only statewide food bank. Last year, MFBN distributed nearly 8 million pounds of food across 150,000 square miles that comprises Montana, from larger towns to remote communities and Indian Reservations.
• 1 in 7 Montanans struggle with hunger.
• 1 in 5 children in Montana lives in households that struggle with hunger.
Northwest Farm Credit Services is a customer-owned financial cooperative providing nearly $12 billion in financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural home owners and crop insurance customers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions that provide approximately $194 billion in loans to rural America. For more information, go to northwestfcs.com.
CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving approximately 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.
Northwest FCS and CoBank are members of the 98-year-old customer-owned and directed Farm Credit System that provides credit and related services to agriculture and rural America.
For more information, please visit www.mfbn.org or call (406) 721-3825 ext. 225.