The Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s (GVFB) mission is to improve food security throughout Southwest Montana.
At GVFB, we look to create sustainability and to develop healthy paths for our clients to choose. We will continue to advocate and support our community through our work, partnerships and commitment to improving food security.
In 1980, Mary Martin was tasked with developing food banks across Montana. Maggie Price and Julie Heinz followed Mary as HRDC employees. Julie Heinz was the first director of The Gallatin Valley Emergency Food Bank, which operated out of a small house donated by the City of Bozeman on Mendenhall and Third Streets. This location also housed the food stamp office. We then moved to our former location on Wallace, a 1,950 square foot building, and in 2000 we moved once again to our current location, on Bond Street off of North Rouse. Since 1982, our Food Bank has grown with the needs of our community and has become a food resource center for Gallatin Valley.
Our current space is used to house our warehouse, food distribution areas, and commercial kitchen. The Food Bank acts as the distribution site for area non-profits ordering foods from the USDA or Montana Food Bank Network. Large quantity food donations received are shared with area non-profits and low-income housing sites throughout Southwest Montana.
In addition to our location off of Rouse, we also have 2 satellite Food Banks; one in Three Forks and one in Big Sky. The Headwaters Area Food Bank serves the outlying communities of Three Forks, Logan, and Manhattan. The Big Sky Community Food Bank serves Big Sky and residents living along the 191 corridor. We also provide a mobile food service in Belgrade. For current schedule click here.
An average 1,361 households (roughly 3,204 individuals) eat meals from our monthly emergency food boxes provided by our Bozeman and Belgrade locations alone. 32% of these recipients are children.