Montanans Receive Recognition for Reducing Hunger

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 2013

Montanans Receiving Recognition for Reducing Hunger, Improving Nutrition

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 12:30 pm on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Capitol Rotunda in Helena.

Awards will be given to the following 15 individuals:
•    Susan Baily Anderson, MT Office of Public Instruction, Director of the MT Behavioral Initiative, Helena, for her work to deliver nutrition and physical activity information to school and community audiences.
•    Rene Kittle, Flathead Reservation Extension Office, Ronan.  Rene has created well-integrated and successful gardening, nutrition education and food preservation programs that help promote food security for the people she serves.
•    Christine Emerson, MT Office of Public Instruction, Director of School Nutrition, Helena, for her efforts managing child nutrition programs, while always keeping the needs of the children her priority, and supporting the needs of local school food service departments.
•    Linda Snedigar, retired Administrator, Human and Community Services Division, Department of Public Health and Human Services, for exemplifying the finest of efforts to “humanize” her work, and that of her division, by prioritizing values that people should be served with respect and dignity, and that barriers to access to food and other services should be recognized and removed.
•    Lori Botkin, Executive Director, Flathead Food Bank, Kalispell, for her outstanding and tireless work to end hunger in her community by developing innovative and successful programs to improve access to nutritious food for the people she serves.
•    Dr. Kim DeBrucyker, Superintendent, Gallatin Gateway School, for creating a school and community environment where children and their families have consistent and sustainable access to nutritious food.
•    Kendall Combs, former AmeriCorps VISTA, Billings, for addressing the issue of hunger through the BackPack and School Pantry programs.
•    Karen Dawson, Billings, for her work through Billings Public School Health Advisory Council to help Billings develop healthier school meals, better physical activity programs, and a BackPack Program to alleviate chronic child hunger.
•    Family Service, Inc, Billings, for expanding their role in providing food and other services to families in the Yellowstone Valley.  They established a food rescue program, focused concern of child hunger on supporting the BackPack program and building collaborative relationships with other area service organizations.
•    John Bozeman’s Bistro, owners Tyler and Carla Hill, Bozeman, for helping at-risk community members access nutritious food and their priority to give back to the community by sponsoring events and making donations around the topic of hunger prevention.
•    Food Services of America, Jason Davidson, Billings, for their on-going support of Adult Resource Alliance to provide Nutritious Meals to Home Bound Seniors in the Billings area.
•    Douglas Bleecker, Missoula, for consistently providing Missoula Food Bank clients sustainable access to fresh, nutritious, local food. Over the past 14 years, Douglas has provided 21,000 pounds of fresh produce from his backyard garden.
•    Cookie Johnson, RN, Anaconda School District, Anaconda, for helping children access nutritious meals, snacks and learn the importance of nutrition through education.
•    Walter Hanley, Rocky Mountain Development Council, Helena, for his work of over 16 years providing food to seniors and children through multiple programs with vigor, compassion, creativity.
•    Albertsons, Store Manager, Bob Agostinelli, Lewistown, for their continued support of area food programs through twice weekly donations of nutritious products.

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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 nearly 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.  For more information about the Montana Food Bank Network please visit www.mfbn.org (800) 809-4752 ext. 225