The Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s mission is to improve food security throughout Southwest Montana
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 our client load. We serve 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. Housing costs and levels of long-term unemployment and more frequently underemployment continue to force people with jobs to seek emergency food assistance. More often than not, at least one person in every household we serve has someone currently employed.
An average 1,361 households (roughly 3,204 individuals) eat meals from our monthly emergency food boxes provided by our Bozeman location alone. 28% of these recipients are children.
FOOD RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE GALLATIN VALLEY
Since 1982, our Food Bank has grown with the needs of our community and has become a food resource center for Gallatin Valley. Our program started in a small house on Mendenhall that was donated by the City of Bozeman, we then moved to our former location on Wallace, a 1,950 square foot location, and then in 2000 we moved once again to our current location on Bond Street off of North Rouse.
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. We also provide a mobile service in Belgrade. For current schedule click here.
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.