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Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

In this Issue: PAGE 2 Hunger Relief Forum Update

PAGE 4 TEFAP Amendments

PAGE 5 TEFAP/SNAP Policy Actions

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April 2012

Many Thanks to Peggy! After nearly 20 years of public service and leadership in our fight against hunger, Montana Food Bank Network CEO Peggy Grimes has announced her retirement. We’d like to take this moment to thank Peggy for her compassion— and recognize her tremendous contribution to the good work that we do. Peggy began her career with the Montana Food Bank Network in the spring of 1993. At that time there was no warehouse, no semi-trucks and no other staff. Under Peggy’s leadership (and thanks in large part to generous donors and collaboration with other feeding agencies) MFBN has grown into a 26,000 square foot building that distributes an average of 8 million pounds of food per year. Throughout her career, Peggy has been a persistent and passionate voice in the fight against hunger in Montana. And although she will no longer be here day in and day out, her support for hungry children and families in our community will never waiver. And neither will ours. We are committed as ever to a hunger-free Montana. Peggy’s knowledge, experience and expertise will be hard to replace. It will take time to find just the right person to fill her shoes, and we have begun our search. In the meantime, you can trust that we are committed to maintaining the same level of service as always. We are dedicated to pursuing our vision of a Montana free from the ravages of hunger. A place where everyone has equal access to nutritious food. Thank you for your part in helping make that happen. You are special to all of us at the Montana Food Bank Network and we are so happy to partner with you. If you have questions, please call us at any time. And we hope you will join us in wishing Peggy a very happy and fulfilling retirement.

Featured Product:

Protein filled, easy to prepare, and a family favorite. This month’s featured product is Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli (Item #6163). Stockup on this classic!



Hunger Relief Forum RSVP Today! Are you wondering what other food pantries are doing to raise funds? Do you think about nutrition but are unsure how to approach your clients? Curious how MFBN allocates food each cycle? These questions and more will be answered in an interactive and positive environment at the 2012 Montana Hunger Relief Forum on May 18. MFBN has looked at your feedback from past

OUTREACH BEST PRACTICES TIPS TIP #1: Help Clients Complete Eligibility Screenings! Curious if a client might be eligible for an assistance program? If you have internet

access, you can do online screenings! Screenings are quick, free and give clients an idea of if they will qualify for programs such as SNAP or WIC. Visit the online screening tool here: or

Forums and created a more open schedule to allow ample time for Q&A and discussion among partner agencies and MFBN staff. This annual gathering of emergency food providers from all over the state will be an exciting and informative day for all participants. When: Friday, May 18 9:00am – 4:30pm Where: Wingate by Wyndham 5252 Airway Blvd. Missoula, MT 59808 For a detailed agenda, visit Please RSVP to Jeff Gutierrez by Friday, May 9. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

SNAP and ‘Get Help’ Brochures Coming to You! Partner Agencies who serve clients that may be eligible for programs such as SNAP will receive Get Help and SNAP brochures in mid-May. These brochures include county-specific information, income guidelines, as well as general information about nutrition assistance programs. The work you do providing food boxes and meals to food insecure and hungry Montanans is extremely valuable. The public assistance programs highlighted in these brochures are also valuable as they help provide sustainable solutions to hunger. Help relay information about assistance programs to your clients by distributing these brochures. It can be easy for a brochure to get lost on a table or bulletin board. Thus, we would like to encourage you to have a short conversation with your clients highlighting information in the brochure. For example, make sure they are aware of the income guidelines, where they can apply, and what programs might be available for them. Also, another great way to distribute flyers is by putting them in food boxes! If you have any questions on these brochures or ways to distribute them please contact Diane Matthews at 406721-3825, ext. 222.

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

April 2012

MAY, JUNE, JULY DELIVERY SCHEDULE All delivery times will be published online and in the Affiliate concurrently to scheduled delivery dates. If for any reason your scheduled delivery time changes from what has been published, MFBN staff will notify you immediately.  Date Time

City-Partner Agency

8-May 8-May 8-May 8-May 8-May 8-May 8-May

Stevensville—Pantry Partners Victor—Victor School Backpack Victor—House of Praise Hamilton—Bitterroot Valley Calvary Chapel Hamilton—Haven House, WMMHC Eddy Meuchel Group Home, WMMHC ADT New Beginnings Hamilton—South Valley Child and Family Center Darby—Darby Bread Box

9:00-9:45 10:00-10:15 10:30-11:00 11:15-11:45 11:45-1:00 1:00-1:30 2:00-2:30

10-May 10:00-10:45 Bozeman—Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Headwaters Area Food Bank, West Yellowstone Food Bank, Yellowstone Social Senior Center, Gardiner Food Pantry, Big Sky Youth Center 10-May 12:45-1:15 Helena—Helena Food Share, Helena Pre-Release, Montana Youth Homes, Elkhorn Treatment Facility, Transitional Living Facility, Salvation Army, Rocky Mountain Development Council, Lewis and Clark Group Home, Alternative Youth Adventures 15-May 8:30-9:00 Dillon—Beaverhead Community Food Pantry, Dillon School Backpack 15-May 10:30-11:30 Butte—Butte Emergency Food Bank 15-May 11:30-11:45 Butte—Butte Rescue Mission 15-May 12:30-1:00 Anaconda—Project Care, Discovery House 15-May 1:45-2:15 Maxville—Granite County Food Bank 17-May 9:00-9:30 17-May 10:00-10:30 17-May 10:45-11:30 17-May 12:15-1:15 17-May 1:30-2:00 17-May 2:15-3:15

Thompson Falls—Community Harvest Food Bank, Thompson Falls Seniors, Thompson Falls AOG Church, Thomp son Falls School Backpack Trout Creek—Open Gate Ranch Youth Group, Trout Creek Seniors, Trout Creek School Backpack Noxon—Community Services Fellowship, Noxon Seniors, Heron Seniors, Noxon School Backpack Troy—Troy Food Pantry, the YAAK Food Cupboard Troy—Troy Community Baptist Church Food Pantry Libby— Libby Food Pantry, Libby Christian Church, Libby Seniors, Kootenai Valley Head Start

22-May 22-May 22-May 22-May 22-May

10:15-10:30 12:00-12:30 3:00-3:30 5:00-5:30 5:30-6:00

Livingston—Livingston Food Pantry White Sulphur Springs—Meagher Country Nutrition Coalition Lewistown—Central Montana Community Cupboard, FCCOA, B/G of Lewistown Roundup—Musselshell County Food Bank Roundup—Youth Christian Home

23-May 23-May 23-May 23-May 23-May 23-May 23-May

7:15-7:30 7:30-7:45 8:15-8:45 10:00-10:45 11:30-12:00 12:30-1:00 1:45-2:15

Hardin—Set Free Ministries Hardin—Helping Hands Garryowen—Center Pole Foundation Billings—Family Services INC., Alternatives/Passages, Montana Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Laurel—Community Hope, the Joliet Food Pantry Columbus—Project Hope Big Timber—Big Timber Community Food Bank

25-May 25-May 25-May 25-May 25-May 25-May

8:00-8:15 8:15-8:45 9:15-9:45 10:45-11:45 12:30-1:00 1:45-2:15

Alberton—Alberton Seniors Alberton—Alberton Community Food Pantry Superior—Community Food Bank of Mineral County, Superior Seniors Plains—Plains Community Food Bank, Shekinah Kitchen, Plains-Paradise Seniors, Plains School Backpack Hot Springs—Hot Springs Food Pantry, Hot Springs Senior Center, Hot Springs School Backpack Dixon—Dixon Senior Citizens Center, Dixon School Backpack





City-Partner Agency

30-May 8:00-8:15 St. Ignatius—St. Ignatius Seniors 30-May 8:15-8:45 St. Ignatius—Mission Valley Food Pantry 30-May 9:15-9:45 Ronan—Ronan Bread Basket, Mission Valley Seniors 30-May 11:30-12:15 Columbia Falls—Columbia Falls Food Bank, Columbia Falls Schools Back pack 30-May 12:30-1:00 Whitefish—North Valley Food Bank, Whitefish Four Square Church 30-May 1:00-1:30 Whitefish—Whitefish Schools Backpack 30-May 2:15-3:00 Eureka—Tobacco Valley Food Pantry, Eureka Four Square Church Tobacco Valley Seniors 1-Jun 8:00-8:15 Polson—Polson Seniors 1-Jun 8:30-9:00 Polson—Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, Polson School Backpack 1-Jun 9:45-10:15 Lakeside—Westshore Food Bank 1-Jun 10:45-11:30 Kalispell—Flathead Food Bank, Lighthouse Christian Home, Samaritan House 1-Jun 11:45-12:00 Kalispell—North West Montana Veterans Stand Down 1-Jun 12:30-1:00 Bigfork—Bigfork Food Pantry 1-Jun 2:30-2:45 Arlee—Arlee School Back Pack 1-Jun


Seeley Lake—Seeley-Swan Food Bank

5-Jun 8:30-9:30 5-Jun 10:30-11:00 5-Jun 12:15-12:45

Great Falls—Great Falls Food Bank, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, FISH, Great Falls Schools Backpack Choteau—Teton County Food Pantry, Pondera Food Pantry Browning—Blackfeet Food Bank

12-Jun 12-Jun 12-Jun 12-Jun

Lame Deer—Boys Girls of the Northern Cheyenne Nation Ashland—St. Labre Food Pantry Colstrip—Colstrip Community Food Bank Miles City—Custer County Food Bank

12:00-12:15 12:45-1:15 2:00-2:15 3:30-3:45

13-Jun 8:30-9:00 Wibaux—Wibaux Food Bank 13-Jun 9:30-10:00 Glendive—Dawson County Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Dawson County 13-Jun 11:00-11:30 Sidney—Fellowship Food Pantry 13-Jun 12:15-12:45 Culbertson—Culbertson Food Bank 13-Jun 1:30-1:45 Poplar—New Life Mission 13-Jun 2:15-3:00 Wolf Point—Wolf Point Thrift Store & Food Bank, Wolf Point Seniors 13-Jun 3:15-3:30 Wolf Point—Basket of Hope 13-Jun 4:30-5:00 Glasgow—Valley County Council on Aging 13-Jun 5:00-5:30 Glasgow—Valley Community Food Bank 13-Jun 7:00-7:30 Malta—Malta Food Bank, Malta Opportunities, INC 14-Jun 8:00-8:15 14-Jun 8:45-9:15 14-Jun 9:45-10:45

Harlem—Harlem Food Pantry, Harlem Area Senior Citizens Center Chinook—Chinook Food Pantry Havre—Havre Food Bank, Feed My Sheep, Boys and Girls of the Hi- Line


Missoula—Missoula Agencies begin scheduled pick ups




Events and Reminders Spring Cleaning As the days get longer and warmer our grass and weeds begin to grow and our furry or 6-8 legged pests come out from hiding. Just a friendly reminder to keep weeds and tall grasses a foot away from your building walls. Pests and rodents just might like to make a home there and find a way into your building. Now would also be a great time to make sure you have the appropriate rodent and insect traps set-up. Happy Spring everyone!

TEFAP Amendments We are still missing TEFAP Agreement Amendments from several Partner Agencies. If you receive TEFAP from MFBN and have not yet turned in your signed Amendment, please do so as soon as you can. If you have any questions regarding the amendment, Jeff Gutierrez would be more than happy to speak with you. Contact Jeff at 406-721-3825, ext.232.

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

April 2012

Harvest for Hunger

$27,623 Donated for Food Purchasing The Montana Food Bank Network was pleased to be named as a beneficiary in the recent CHS Country Operations “Harvest For Hunger” Campaign. Because it was a matching program, funds from the Montana Grain Growers Association and First Security Bank were leveraged to greatly enhance the benefit that will be passed on to Partner Agencies, through bulk food product purchase. Leonika Allen facilitated the event locally and was very excited to present a check for $27,623.73.

TEFAP and SNAP Policy Actions SIGN-ON LETTER SENT TO MONTANA CONGRESSMEN THANK YOU to everyone who signed-on to our letter urging Montana’s Congressmen to protect public food programs during budget negotiations. Tens of thousands of Montana families, including many of our own clients, rely on these programs to put food on the table every month. A total of 60 Montana organizations and 351 individuals added their names to our letter. An extra thank you to the following agencies for providing the opportunity for your clients to add their voices in support of public food programs: River of Hope Food Pantry, Plains-Paradise Senior Center, Harlem Senior Center, St. Labre Food Pantry, Riverfront Counseling Services at the Mental Health Center, Troy Community Baptist Church Food Pantry, Mission Valley Food Pantry, Pantry Partners, and the Missoula Food Bank. While we truly appreciate the effort and impact of those of you who signed-on, as a network of nearly 200 agencies we have the potential for so much more. More than 1 in 8 Montanans relies on the SNAP program and approximately 20% of the food we distribute is through the TEFAP program. If programs like SNAP and TEFAP are cut, we as emergency food providers would not be able to fill that gap. The public food programs are essential to the clients we serve and to our mission of ending hunger in Montana. The effort to protect public food programs is an ongoing challenge. We hope that next time we can truly demonstrate the support for these programs by sending our Congressmen the signatures of even more agencies and clients.

FARM BILL AND FEDERAL BUDGET UPDATE: On April 26th, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a five-year, half-trillion-dollar plan to overhaul the nation’s food and farm policies. The measure goes now to the full Senate. It seeks to end some abuses in the federal food stamp program and cuts some $4 billion from food stamp spending, which makes up about 80 percent of the farm bill. In all, the bill reduces some $23 billion from the deficit. The current farm bill expires at the end of September, but it’s unclear whether Congress can pass a bill by then. The House is calling for far greater cuts, particularly in food stamps. Our efforts are having an impact. Congressional staff have told Feeding America they are hearing from constituents in the states about the importance of protecting SNAP and increasing resources for TEFAP.




Cold Macaroni Salad

Macaroni is Item #5839 on the Free Food Shopping


2 and 1/2 C uncooked macaroni 2 onions, sliced 1 tomato, chopped 4 cucumbers, sliced 1/2 C white sugar

The Montana Food Bank Network 5625 Expressway Missoula, MT 59808


1.) Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Cook macaroni until soft, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse macaroni in cold water. 2.) In a small bowl mix sugar, parsley, oil, mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 3.) Gently toss pasta, dressing, and chopped vegetable and refrigerate until cool.

Phone: 406-721-3825 800-809-4752 Fax: 406-542-3770


To end hunger in Montana through food acquisition, distribution, education, and advocacy.


A Montana free from hunger where everyone has equal access to nutritious food.

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1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 2/3 C white vinegar 3 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp ground mustard 1/8 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste

Nutrition Info: Servings: 8, Calories: 252, Calories from Fat: 55, Total Fat: 6.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.9g, Total Carbohydrates: 44.8g, Dietary Fiber: 2.2g, Protein: 5.5g

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Chief Executive Officer

Peggy Grimes


Chief Development Officer

Kathryn McCleerey


Development Coordinator

Ben Darrow


Development Coordinator

Kattie Kingsley


Chief Finance Officer

Clark Tower



Morgan Brennan


Chief Policy Officer

Kate Devino


Public Policy Manager

Lorianne Burhop


Public Policy VISTA

Courtney McGuire


Chief Operations Officer

Brent Weisgram


Transportation Manager

Rob Shipley


Inventory Control Coordinator

Stacey Grimes


Agency Relations Manager

Jeff Gutierrez


Agency Relations & Volunteer Coordinator



Agency Relations Assistant

Diane Matthews



Chuck James


Lead Warehouse/Driver

Cory Crocker


April 2012 Affiliate  

Peggy retires, Hunger Relief Forum details, Farm Bill updates, and much more!

April 2012 Affiliate  

Peggy retires, Hunger Relief Forum details, Farm Bill updates, and much more!