Ultra-processed foods (i.e., shelf-stable, energy-dense foods high in added sugar, fat, salt, and additives) comprise over half of the American diet and intake is even higher among low-income populations. Intake of ultra-processed foods is linked health risks that disproportionately affect low-income populations. GVFB is committed to improving our services and providing healthy options for our customers.
Learn about our framework below.
We look forward to empowering our customers to improve their health with a variety of educational health programming in our new food bank.
Individuals and families that seek food bank emergency services are typically more at risk of eating nutrient-poor foods. While choice is paramount at Gallatin Valley Food Bank providing opportunity for proper nutrition is equally as important.
Examples of items that the GVFB will choose to exclude from the inventory are:
Items that the GVFB will make a strong effort to limit are:
What is UP3? Bozeman Health, Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Healthy Gallatin, Livingston Food Resource Center, and Montana State University Food and Health Lab joined to conduct The Un-Processed Pantry Project (UP3) in 2019. UP3, pronounced YOU – PEA – THREE, is a study that aims to improve the health of food pantry customers by increasing access to and intake of un-processed foods. The goal of UP3 is to create a framework that any food pantry in Montana or the United States can use to provide customers with un-processed food options, nutrition education, and health measures in order to address diet-related health concerns.
We developed the UnProcessed Pantry Project (UP3) framework to guide access to and consumption of nutritious food among food pantries, customers, and others in the emergency food system. Ultra-processed food has become ubiquitous across food environments, including food pantries, which are accessed by more than 40 million individuals each year in the U.S. Low-income populations, many of which are customers at food pantries, disproportionately consume ultra-processed food, which may contribute to an increased prevalence of nutrition-related chronic diseases. To address this disparity, UP3 helps customers and food pantry stakeholders to distinguish ultra-processed food from all other foods to guide changes in the food supply, support nutritious food choices, and encourage healthy food consumption.
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).