Montana Food Bank Network is carefully and mindfully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Montana.
Montana Food Bank Network has an extensive network established to respond to crisis situations in Montana. We feel confident with continued support from communities around the state we can meet this crisis head on and continue our work to make emergency food available to any one in need.
More than 38,000 households in Montana access services provided through our network each year. In times of crisis we will see that number continually grow as the timeline of this continues.
As schools and daycare centers remain closed we will see the number of families who need assistance increase, as they try to make up for the loss of meals. When businesses shut their doors or scale back services, employees will go without paychecks. And for our seniors and those with compromised immune systems, it has become difficult and even dangerous just to access needed resources.
We have shifted our distribution model to continue our supply of nutritious foods to our Network Partners around the state. To keep our food supply safe we have taken the following steps:
- Closed our facility to all unnecessary outside visitations including all volunteer activities and third parties.
- Increased the frequency of deep cleaning and sanitation brings our already aggressively high standards.
- Asked all staff that have the ability to work from home to do so. All staff are essential to our distribution processes are being monitored carefully for symptoms and asked not to come if they start experiencing any symptoms.
We are already overwhelmed with the amount of community members that have reached out in support and asking how they can help.
The most impactful action you can take to support our mission at this time is to make a monetary donation or by mail at PO Box 17830, Missoula, MT 59808.
If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance you can reach out to your local food pantry via phone. You can find all of our Network food pantries and phone numbers on our website at mfbn.org/get-help. Contacting them by phone is critical to get the most current hours and distribution methods as every location is adapting their operations to be able to continually supply their community while also maintaining safety for everyone.
You are a critical part of our mission to end hunger in Montana. It is times like this that highlights the true scope of our work together. We have stepped up plenty of times before during wildfires, floods and blizzards in our state. We feel confident that with your support we will emerge stronger on the other side of this.