I oversee and track food inventory & safety, warehouse & staff management. Food drives also fall within my responsibilities.
Previous employment before the food bank: U.S. Forest Service Wilderness work in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho
Passions: Defying gravity (with a paraglider); getting into the mountains on foot, bike, or ski; quality time with family; home brewing.
Favorite thing about working at the food bank: Helping to feed so many people in need while keeping millions of pounds of food out of the landfill!
After volunteering at the food bank for 5 years I had the good fortune to be hired on a part-time basis to help in the food bank office. Little did I know I’d found my dream job! Fast forward 7 years and I’m now the Programs Manager. I work with our office staff and oversee interns, as well as coordinating the annual Can the Griz Food Drive with the awesome folks at MSU. Additionally, I assist our FB Director with financial donation receipting, accounts payable, and budgets.
Hobbies: I love the wide open spaces and majestic scenery Montana offers. Hiking exploring Yellowstone, baking and spending time with family and friends are all favorite activities.
College: Texas A&M… yep, I’m an Aggie
Originally from Texas…one of my favorite words to use is ‘y’all”
What I’ve learned working at the food bank: Everyone needs some kind of assistance at some point. It might not be related to the services we offer but no one stands alone and does it well. Thanks to the generosity of our community the food bank provides emergency food assistance to thousands of folks each month. It’s a beautiful scene that plays out every day here and it never fails to encourage me.
I recently had the opportunity to become the Programs Coordinator after working as the Food
Rescue Coordinator for four years. My main responsibility is distributing food whether that is
through Senior Groceries, Kidspack, or packing food boxes for pickup. I have really enjoyed getting to know all the staff, volunteers, donors and customers that come
in on a daily basis.
Hobbies: I spend a lot of my time playing ultimate frisbee! I also enjoy cooking, working out,
listening to audiobooks, and traveling!
Previous work experience: I worked in agriculture labs at MSU for three years after graduating
from the University of Montana. My work ranged from taking soil samples to blow-drying
My primary responsibility includes overseeing all the food bank’s outreach. I also serve as the Huffing For Stuffing co-chair. You can find me assisting with daily warehouse tasks, asking to take pictures of GVFB in action, and working with our team of dedicated volunteers!
Hobbies: Like any good Montanan I love skiing in the winter and camping and hiking in the summer. I play the violin as well as a decent game of cribbage. All times of the year I can be found with a good book in hand!
Work-life: Spent summers at the Living History Farm at the Museum of the Rockies and the school year working to promote healthy relationships between renters and homeowners.
Education: B.A in Communication Studies from the University of Montana
I am originally from a Boston suburb and moved to Montana in 2006. I am an avid hiker and love nothing more than a good book and a strong cup of coffee. I used to have hobbies but now I have an eleven year old so I essentially have his hobbies. Or rather he has hobbies and I am his chauffeur. My wife, Sara Savage, also works for HRDC, with the Head Start Program.
As warehouse coordinator I am tasked with attempting to maintain an orderly environment which will allow the store to run more efficiently. I also assist with Food Rescue and generally try to be available to help wherever needed around the store.
Nonperishable donations can be dropped off at most local grocery stores. Look for donation bins near the front of each store.
Donations during off-peak hours are encouraged (8 am- 12:00 pm or after 2:30 pm).