Food is the ingredient that binds us together
We have over 30 years experience in helping communities get food to those in need. Without access to food and nutrition our children cannot learn, our seniors cannot thrive, our communities are not complete. The Montana Food Bank Networks mission is to end hunger in Montana. That means bringing access to high-quality nutritious food to every person that lives here. If you recognize a need in your community, we want to help you get the resources and information you need to fulfill that need. We partner with a variety of organizations, small and large, federal programs, community-oriented, religious, senior centers, schools, it doesn’t matter. If there is someone struggling to put food on their table, we will work together to get them access to the food and nutrition they need.
Below you will find a list of sites and programs that we currently work with and/or offer resources to start up, manage and/or supply. You may know exactly what type of site is needed in your community, or not. The staff at MFBN are here to help. If after reading over the types of sites you still don’t know where to start, call us. We can help get you started in a direction or assist you in gathering resources in your area.
Network Partner Agencies are food pantries, senior centers, soup kitchens, group homes, and other food distribution programs offering food assistance to low income people. Non-profit community organizations who aim to provide food and other resources through a variety of models are eligible and could benefit from partnership with MFBN.
Small or large, volunteer run or with paid staff, operating a food pantry or other feeding program is no small task. Depending on the size of your organization, and model of operation, the commitment varies widely between Network Partner Agencies. MFBN Programs staff can help you assess the level of commitment needed in your area. To learn more contact Jesse Schraufnagel, Agency Relations Coordinator
The mission of the BackPack Program is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on the weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. BackPack works best for children in Preschool through 5th or 6th grade.
The mission of the School Pantry Program is to meet the needs of hungry students and their families by providing them with food and community assistance at school. The School Pantry Program works best for students 6th or 7th grade and older, including high school and post secondary school.
If you are interested in starting a BackPack or School Pantry Program, or have questions about which is best suited to your communities needs contact Stephanie Stratton, Chief Programs Officer.
Public Nutrition Programs
The School Breakfast Program provides a nutritious morning meal for Montana students at participating schools. Participation and access to this crucial program vary significantly between schools. Please contact Oscar Peña, Public Policy Coordinator if your school is interested in increasing breakfast participation.
The Summer Food Service Program ensures that all kids continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Many communities in Montana do not have a Summer Food site or could use additional support. To find a site near you please visit USDA Summer Food Locator or text FOOD to 877-877. If you are interested in starting a Summer Food site, contact Oscar Peña, Public Policy Coordinator.
The Montana Food Bank Network offers SNAP application assistance by phone and in-person at community outreach events. We operate a SNAP hotline Monday-Friday from 8 AM-4 PM. Our SNAP Outreach Coordinator can help answer any questions, see if you are eligible to apply, and help you complete the application over the phone. Please contact Elizabeth Weaver to get started today or for more details about SNAP.