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Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

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Volunteer Spotlight


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Legislative Session


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December 2012

Montana Dietitians: A New Resource for MFBN Partner Agencies In 2011-2012, MFBN hosted a series of Montana Dietetic Interns (MDIs) from Montana State University. One of the projects conducted by these interns was surveying Partner Agencies on what they felt were the most effective forms of nutrition education. The surveys told us that live presentations and eye-catching visuals were the forms of nutrition education best received by clients. When our 2012-2013 MDI rotation began last month, we took this a little bit further. Recently, MFBN sent a letter to all Registered Dietitians who are part of the Montana Dietetic Association, asking if they would be willing to be listed as nutrition resources for Partner Agencies in their area. By providing Partner Agencies with local professionals trained in nutrition and diet, we hope to improve on the efforts you are already making to provide clients with healthy food for their families and also to increase clients’ ability to make their own healthy food choices. So far, there have already been a fair number of responses from RDs that are enthusiastically supportive of their local food pantry and building this network of nutrition professionals across the state. Among those who have already responded are two of last year’s interns! We will be sending these RDs contact information to the Partner Agencies in their area and posting the RD Directory on insidemfbn to help facilitate easy communication. As more RDs sign on, we will add them to the list and hopefully all Partner Agencies will have access to a trained nutrition professional in their community. More information to come soon!

Featured Product:

Get your holiday hams (item#I6360)! MFBN received a large load of hams just days ago. Also, what goes better with ham than potatoes? We also are currently distributing potatoes off the back of the truck. If you would like to reserve spuds ahead of time, contact Brad at ext 251. (Item# I6343: 10lb bag of white spuds, Item#I5218: 50lb bag of red spuds. Both are $0.05 per pound.)



Volunteer Spotlight Ann Sharkey began volunteering at the Montana Food Bank Network a year and a half ago after seeing an ad in the newspaper. She comes in for a couple of hours each Thursday and helps with processing mail, data entry and other projects for the development department. Ann says that her favorite part of volunteering at the Montana Food Bank Network is interacting with the staff. She also has sincere empathy for those in need. “I’ve never been hungry. I can’t imagine what it must be like,” said Ann. She has special concern for agencies in areas with high need and low donations. A background in banking and bookkeeping make Ann a great fit for MFBN. Her quick wit and easy laugh make her a joy to work with. We are so thankful for her dedication and generosity.

OUTREACH BEST PRACTICES TIPS TIP #5: Visit or talk to organizations like yours. At the Montana Food Bank Network, we have the privilege to see the work that people are doing across the state. We get to hear about cool projects, neat fund drives, and creative ways of doing outreach. Through the Affiliate ,we try to share these stories and ideas. However, the best way to learn about outreach is to talk to others about what they do. If you are interested in expanding your outreach or have any questions about outreach, we always are happy to talk to you. But, we would also be happy to connect you with another pantry, kitchen, or program like yours.

WE NEED YOU! Help Us Fill MT’s Gap Counties MFBN is looking for potential partner agencies in counties where we are not meeting the identified Pounds per Person in Poverty (PPIP). PPIP is a metric that Feeding America uses to identify how successful we, as a network, are at meeting the identified need in each county, compared to the identified need that was determined by US Census data. If you know someone, or are aware of any individuals, groups, or organizations who are interested in starting a pantry, please let us know. If you are aware of any existing pantries, meal programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Senior Centers, School Pantries, soup kitchens, or shelters that are not part of the network, please give us their contact information. Agency Relations Manager, Jeff Gutierrez can be reached at jgutierrez@mfbn. org or via phone at 800-809-4752. Here is a list of the target counties that we are looking at: Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Choteau, Daniels, Deer Lodge, Fallon, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, Lake, Liberty, McCone, Madison, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Sheridan, Stillwater, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, and Wheatland. If you are an existing partner agency in one of these counties, please feel free to contact us with any ideas, concerns, or feedback to help us understand the obstacles to distributing food in these areas. We understand this is not a simple task and we thank you for all you are doing to take care of those depending on us. By increasing communication, better understanding each community’s challenges, and understanding the needs of our partner agencies, we will be better able to support Montana’s communities.

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

December 2012

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY SCHEDULE All delivery times will be published online and in the Affiliate concurrently. If, for any reason, your scheduled delivery time changes from what has been published, MFBN staff will notify you.

Date Time City Partner Agency 3-Jan 3-Jan 3-Jan 3-Jan 3-Jan 3-Jan

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

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 Darby—Darby Bread Box

3-Jan 10:00-10:45

Bozeman—Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Headwaters Area Food Bank, West Yellowstone Food Bank, Gardiner Food Pantry, Big Sky Youth Center

3-Jan 12:45-1:15

Helena—Helena Food Share, Salvation Army, Rocky Mountain Youth Resources, Elkhorn Treatment Facility, Transitional Living Facility, Helena Pre-Release, Lewis and Clark Group Home, Alternative Youth Adventures

8-Jan 8-Jan 8-Jan 8-Jan 8-Jan

Dillon—Beaverhead Community Food Pantry, Dillon School BackPack Butte—Butte Emergency Food Bank, Butte Schools BackPack Butte—Butte Rescue Mission Anaconda—Project Care, Discovery House Maxville—Granite County Food Bank

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

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

Thompson Falls—Community Harvest Food Bank, Thompson Falls Seniors, Thompson Falls AOG Church, Thompson 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 Troy—Troy Community Baptist Church Food Pantry Troy—Troy Food Pantry, YAAK Food Cupboard Libby— Libby Food Pantry, Libby Christian Church, Libby Seniors, Kootenai Valley Head Start, Libby Seniors

15-Jan 15-Jan 15-Jan 15-Jan 15-Jan

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

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

16-Jan 7:15-7:30 Hardin—Set Free Ministries 16-Jan 7:30-7:45 Hardin—Helping Hands 16-Jan 8:15-8:30 Garryowen—Center Pole Foundation 16-Jan 10:00-10:45 Billings—Family Service INC., Alternatives/Passages, Montana Rescue Mission, Teen Pantry Program 16-Jan 11:15-11:45 Laurel—Community Hope 16-Jan 12:15-12:30 Joliet—Joliet Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County 16-Jan 1:00-1:30 Columbus—Project Hope 16-Jan 2:15-2:30 Big Timber—Big Timber Community Food Bank 18-Jan 8:00-8:15 18-Jan 8:15-8:30 18-Jan 9:00-9:30 18-Jan 10:30-11:30

Alberton—Alberton Seniors Alberton—Alberton Community Food Pantry Superior—Community Food Bank of Mineral County Plains—Plains Community Food Bank, Shekinah Kitchen, Plains-Paradise Seniors, Plains School BackPack




DELIVERY SCHEDULE CONTINUED 18-Jan 12:00-12:30 18-Jan 1:30-1:45

Hot Springs—Hot Springs Food Pantry, Hot Springs School BackPack, Camas Hot Springs Community Senior Center Dixon—Dixon Senior Citizens Center, Dixon School BackPack

23-Jan 8:00-8:15 St. Ignatius—St. Ignatius Seniors 23-Jan 8:15-8:45 St. Ignatius—Mission Valley Food Pantry 23-Jan 9:15-9:45 Ronan—Ronan Bread Basket, Mission Valley Seniors 23-Jan 11:30-12:00 Columbia Falls—Columbia Falls Food Bank, Columbia Falls Schools BackPack 23-Jan 12:15-12:45 Whitefish—North Valley Food Bank, Whitefish Four Square Church, Whitefish Schools Backpack 23-Jan 1:45-2:30 Eureka—Tobacco Valley Food Pantry, Eureka Four Square Church, Tobacco Valley Seniors 25-Jan 8:00-8:15 Polson—Polson Seniors 25-Jan 8:30-9:00 Polson—Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, Polson Schools BackPack 25-Jan 9:45-10:15 Lakeside—Westshore Food Bank 25-Jan 10:45-11:30 Kalispell—Flathead Food Bank, Lighthouse Christian Home, Samaritan House 25-Jan 11:45-12:00 Kalispell—North West Montana Veterans Stand Down 25-Jan 12:30-1:00 Bigfork—Bigfork Food Pantry 25-Jan 2:30-2:45 Arlee—Arlee School BackPack 29-Jan 8:30-9:30 29-Jan 10:30-10:45 29-Jan 12:00-12:15

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

1-Feb 11:30-12:00

Seeley Lake—Seeley-Swan Food Bank

5-Feb 12:30-1:00 5-Feb 3:30-3:45

Ashland—St. Labre Food Pantry Miles City—Custer County Food Bank

6-Feb 8:30-9:00 6-Feb 9:30-10:00 6-Feb 11:00-11:30 6-Feb 12:15-12:45 6-Feb 1:30-1:45 6-Feb 2:15-3:00 6-Feb 4:00-4:30 6-Feb 4:30-5:00 6-Feb 6:30-7:00

Wibaux—Wibaux Food Bank Glendive—Dawson County Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Dawson County, Glendive Schools BackPack Sidney—Fellowship Food Pantry Culbertson—Culbertson Food Bank Poplar—New Life Mission Wolf Point—Basket of Hope, Wolf Point Seniors Glasgow—Valley County Council on Aging Glasgow—Valley Community Food Bank Malta—Malta Food Bank, Malta Opportunities, INC.

7-Feb 8:00-8:15 Harlem—Harlem Food Pantry, Harlem Area Senior Citizens Center 7-Feb 8:45-9:15 Chinook—Chinook Food Pantry 7-Feb 9:45-10:30 Havre—Havre Food Bank, Feed My Sheep, Boys and Girls of the Hi-Line ??-Feb TBD

Missoula—Missoula Agencies begin scheduled pick ups

Events and Reminders Up to Your Ears in Banana Boxes? We would like to remind you that the Montana Food Bank Network is more than happy to pick-up any spare banana boxes when we visit for a delivery. It’s beneficial for us to have an ample supply of these boxes so we can box up food to send to you! Send your extra boxes along with Rob, Chuck, or Cory.

Happy Holidays We know it’s a busy time of year for you all and would like to wish you the best holiday season. We hope that your work goes smoothly and that you find it rewarding!

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

December 2012

2013 Legislative Session Speak Out Against Hunger in Your Community

In January, the 2013 Montana Legislative Session will begin with several anti-hunger bills on the table. The Montana Food Bank Network will be asking for food purchasing funding and will be supporting two bills addressing child hunger; specifically in regards to increasing particpation in School Breakfast and providing funding for programs such as the BackPack program that provide food for out of school times. One in 7 Montanans struggle with hunger. As we continue to see high unemployment and underemployment, combined with a decline in food donations and federal commodities, it’s especially important to support public programs and funding that help alleviate hunger in Montana. The Montana Food Bank Network’s vision is a “Montana free from hunger where everyone has equal access to nutritious food.” These anti-hunger bills are integral in this vision becoming a realization. As a partner in the fight against hunger in Montana, we would like to ask for your support of these bills. A great way to show your support for ending hunger in Montana is to relay the importance of these bills to your legislator. Legislators need to hear what is happening in their local area. You can be the voice for hungry and food insecure individuals in your community. We have compiled talking points and more specific background information on the bills to help inform you and guide communications with community members and legislators. NOW is the best time to contact your legislator. To find your legislator visit: css/find%20a%20legislator.asp. We are also happy to

provide information about how to contact your legislator, helpful talking points, and background information on the bills. For information or questions contact Diane Matthews, or 406-721-3825, ext. 222. We look forward to fighting for anti-hunger bills in the legislative session and we hope you will join us!

What YOU Can Do: 1.

Host your local legislator! Invite your legislator to visit and see the work that you do. You have the ability to show them what hunger looks like in your community, while also advocating for these bills.

2. Call your local legislator! If a visit cannot be arranged, you can still tell your legislator how and why these bills are important to the work that you do.

3. Write your legislator a letter! A letter can be another effective way to show your support. If you would like a template, we are more than happy to provide you a formatted letter to share with your legislator. 4. Write a letter to the editor! By writing a letter to the editor, you can inform your community about the bills and hopefully inspire support.

How the State Legislature Works The state legislature is made up of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Montana Legislative Session is held every two years and runs from January to April. Within the Senate and the House, there are numerous committees and sub-committees that meet to make decisions. Some committees include the transportation committees, finance committees, and health and human services committees. Each legislative house has its own committees. During the session these committees will meet to decide how state funds should be distributed. Requests for funds are made in the form of legislative bills. Bills go through many readings in front of several committees before they are passed or vetoed. Just weeks ago citizens voted for which legislators we thought best represented our values. Now, as citizens, you have the opportunity to tell your legislator what you would like them to support, as the representative for your community. If you would like to see funding go to the emergency food system, now is your chance to tell your legislator!




Scalloped Potatoes Red Potatoes: Item # I5218, White Potatoes: Item# I6343

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, minced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt

The Montana Food Bank Network 5625 Expressway Missoula, MT 59808

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F. In 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, in hot butter, cook onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and salt until blended; cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Remove saucepan from hear; stir in 1/4 cup shredded cheese. In shallow 2-quart casserole, arrange half of the potato slices; pour half of the sauce on top; sprinkle with half of remaining cheese; repeat. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, covered 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender. Makes 6 servings.

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


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

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 143, Total Fat: 6.9g, Sodium: 146.7g, Potassium: 289mg, Total Carbohydrate: 12.1g, Fiber:1g, Sugar:3.5g, Protein:7.8g

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1 1/2 cups milk 1/4 pound cheddar cheese, shredded 5 medium potato, peeled and sliced 1/4 teaspoon paprika


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December 2012 Affiliate  

2013 Legislative Session, Montana Dieticians Partnering with Agencies, and more.

December 2012 Affiliate  

2013 Legislative Session, Montana Dieticians Partnering with Agencies, and more.