Gallatin Valley Food Bank is excited to partner with Montana No Kid Hungry to engage our community members in a conversation around challenges they and their communities face. Through this process, we hope to identify individuals living in poverty so they can raise their voices and building their leadership and public speaking skills. Our goal is to empower people to share their stories while enabling them to be both self and systems-advocates, to educate others on the realities of hunger and poverty and to improve the system for others that follow.
GVFB and selected area organizations will be conducting focus groups starting in mid-February to collect information about their experiences with different services and programs in the community. This helps us understand the complexity of these challenges while working together to identify gaps and build solutions that address the cycle of poverty. Focus Group participants can then choose to enroll in a free 10-week training, where they will learn and develop skills in public speaking, leadership, and advocacy. Graduates will then put their skills into action. No Kid Hungry staff will work to connect graduates to different opportunities, while collaborating with graduates to develop new initiatives, depending on what their interests are. Examples might include serving on school committees, leading local poverty simulations, speaking at a panel or film screening, or talking with an elected official about hunger in Montana.
If your organization is interested in participating contact Rachelle at Rachelle.Sartori@mt.gov or visit MT No Kid Hungry