It’s time for the annual Fall Food Drive!

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The Annual BUMC Fall Food Drive to benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank began November 1st.

Our goal:  1,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations by the end of the month.  

The Food Bank feeds 1 in 8 residents…chances are you know a few.  An average of 5,502 pounds of food are distributed to families every day.

Food Banks were originally intended to fill the gap when households were out of food and resources due to an emergency.  Emergency situations are now less than half of the client load.  The Food Bank serves the underemployed, households whose income does not stretch to cover food expenses, seasonally employed households, older adults living on fixed incomes, as well as households who are temporarily homeless.  For more information on any of the programs listed below, please visit the Food Bank web page at www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org or call them at 586-7600.

 Food Bank Programs:

Emergency Food Box Program
An average 1,205 households (approx. 2,745 individuals) eat meals from the monthly emergency food boxes provided at our Bozeman location and satellite services in Belgrade, Three Forks and Big Sky.  Food boxes provide roughly a 5 day supply of food.  On average, recipient households turn to the Food Bank less than 2 times a year. 
 
Senior Nutrition Services
We are currently providing extra food for 355 seniors per month in Gallatin, Madison and Park Counties.
 
Healthy KidsPack Program
The Healthy KidsPack Program  provides nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods to area elementary students every Friday during the school year to meet the food needs of children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekends.  The KidsPack Program reaches as many as 900 children each week in 26 schools throughout Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Counties.
 
Community Café
The Café provides a restaurant style dinner service to anyone who eats regardless of their ability to contribute.  They operate on a pay what you can model, allowing those who can contribute to pay it forward for others who cannot.  In 2014 over 50,000 dinners were provided.  Dinner is prepared by the culinary team, served by committed groups of volunteers led by our evening service coordinators.  The Café is open 7 days a week from 5 pm – 7 pm, 365 days a year and is at 302 N. 7th Avenue in Bozeman.
 
Nov. 23 update from the Food Bank: The final numbers are in: MSU: 194,750 lbs and $65,523.47 totaling 260,273 lbs of food. UM: 196,406lbs and $85,227 totaling 281,633 lbs of food. Both communities greatly benefited by the food drives and we couldn’t be happier for them.