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Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

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Farm Bill Update


Roadkill Donations


Hardin Collaboration

ORDERS DUE: December 13

MARs DUE: December 15

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December 2013

New Monthly Activity Report Terminology Beginning January 1, you will notice some new terminology on the Monthly Activity Report (MAR). After receiving feedback at this year’s Hunger Relief Forum, we decided to revamp some of our terms to hopefully make the MAR a bit easier to understand. None of the actual categories will be changing, just the terms identifying the categories. We often hear that the terms duplicated and unduplicated are confusing. Thus, Duplicated is now called Total Visits from All Households and Unduplicated is now called Number of Households this Month. In addition to these new terms we have clarified the definition for Employed Households. As before, you should include both full and part-time employment in this count. Also, please use a duplicated, or repeat, number for this category. For example, if Johny Q. is employed and visits your meal program 3 times in the month of March, you should count all 3 of those visits. Also, just a reminder, when you are completing your January MAR, remember that each client is a First Time Client in January. First time clients is a very important number for us because it helps us track the actual number of individuals that we serve in Montana each year. Please help us have the most accurate numbers possible! If you have any questions about MAR’s, please do not hesitate to contact Diane at or 721-3825, ext. 222. Here’s to happy, and accurate reporting in 2014!

Host CANstruction in Your Community Looking for a new and innovative “food” raiser for your organization? Consider hosting CANstruction in your community! MFBN is looking for partner agencies interested in starting this event. For more information or to get your CANstruction toolkit, Call Bill Mathews, ext 244

Featured Product: Canned Pears We currently have 1171 cases of canned pears in stock. The pears (I6649) come in 12/29 oz case at $4.94/case. Check out the recipe for a simple and delicious pear crisp on page 6!



Farm Bill Update: Still Time to Contact Congress! Over the next few weeks, Congress will decide the fate of hunger-relief programs like TEFAP and SNAP in the Farm Bill, and we need to mobilize thousands of phone calls to make sure they protect hungry families by investing in TEFAP and protecting SNAP. Please make a phone call to Montana’s members of Congress today and help ensure that struggling Americans still have access to programs that help put food on the table. Calling Congress is easy! Here’s how: • Call our advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702 • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. Select which Congressional office you would like to be connected to first (please contact all three of Montana’s Members of Congress Senator Baucus, Congressman Daines, and Senator Tester) • When you are connected to an office, someone will answer the phone and take your message. State that you are a constituent and give your name and your hometown. Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with as well (if applicable). • Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message: As your constituent and [supporter/employee] of [organization name], I am calling you today to ask you to oppose cutting SNAP and ensure that $300 million is invested in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for food banks in the final Farm Bill. I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it. (Please feel free to add any other details, stories, etc. to personalize your message) • Dial back in to make sure you talk to all three Congressional offices - Senator Baucus, Congressman Daines, and Senator Tester. • Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels.

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Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

December 2013

DELIVERY SCHEDULE: January and February * 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 8-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 8-Jan 12:45-1:30 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 9-Jan 9-Jan 9-Jan 9-Jan 9-Jan 9-Jan

9:00-9:30 9:45-10:00 10:15-10:30 10:45-11:00 11:00-12:00 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 New Beginnings Darby—Darby Bread Box

14-Jan 14-Jan 14-Jan 14-Jan 14-Jan

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

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

16-Jan 9:00-9:30 16-Jan 10:00-10:30 16-Jan 10:45-11:30 16-Jan 12:15-12:30 16-Jan 12:30-1:30 16-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

21-Jan 21-Jan 21-Jan 21-Jan 21-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

8:15-8:30 10:00-10:45 1:15-1:45 3:15-3:45 3:45-4:15

22-Jan 7:15-7:45 Hardin—Helping Hands, Set Free Ministries 22-Jan 8:15-8:30 Garryowen—Center Pole Foundation 22-Jan 10:00-10:30 Billings—Family Service, INC., Alternatives/Passages, Montana Rescue Mission, Teen Pantry Program 22-Jan 11:00-11:30 Laurel—Community Hope 22-Jan 12:00-12:15 Joliet—Joliet Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County 22-Jan 12:45-1:30 Columbus—Project Hope, Columbus School Backpack 22-Jan 2:15-2:30 Big Timber—Big Timber Community Food Bank 24-Jan 8:00-8:15 Alberton—Alberton Seniors 24-Jan 8:15-8:45 Alberton—Alberton Community Food Pantry 24-Jan 9:15-9:45 Superior—Community Food Bank of Mineral County, Superior School Backpack 24-Jan 11:00-11:45 Plains—Plains Community Food Bank, Shekinah Kitchen, Plains-Paradise Seniors, Plains School Backpack 24-Jan 12:30-1:00 Hot Springs—Hot Springs Food Pantry, Hot Springs School Backpack, Hot Springs Senior Center




DELIVERY SCHEDULE continued 24-Jan 1:45-2:00 Dixon—Dixon Senior Citizens Center, Dixon School Backpack 24-Jan 2:30-2:45 Arlee—Arlee School Backpack 28-Jan 8:00-8:15 St. Ignatius—St. Ignatius Seniors 28-Jan 8:15-8:45 St. Ignatius—Mission Valley Food Pantry 28-Jan 9:15-9:45 Ronan—Ronan Bread Basket, Mission Valley Seniors 28-Jan 11:30-12:00 Columbia Falls—Columbia Falls Food Bank, Columbia Falls Schools Backpack 28-Jan 12:15-1:00 Whitefish—North Valley Food Bank, Whitefish Schools Backpack 28-Jan 2:00-2:30 Eureka—Tobacco Valley Food Pantry, Eureka Four Square Church Tobacco Valley Seniors 30-Jan 8:15-9:00 Polson—Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry, Polson Seniors, Polson Schools Backpack 30-Jan 10:15-11:15 Kalispell—Flathead Food Bank, Lighthouse Christian Home, Samaritan House 30-Jan 11:30-11:45 Kalispell—North West Montana Veterans Stand Down 4-Feb 8:30-9:30 4-Feb 10:30-11:15 4-Feb 12:30-12:45

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

6-Feb 10:15-10:45 6-Feb 11:00-11:30 6-Feb 12:45-1:15

Lakeside—West Shore Food Bank Bigfork—Bigfork Food Pantry Seeley Lake—Seeley-Swan Food Bank

11-Feb 1:00-1:15 11-Feb 3:30-3:45

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

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

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—Wolf Point Seniors Glasgow—Valley County Council on Aging Glasgow—Valley Community Food Bank Malta—Malta Food Bank, Malta Opportunities, INC

13-Feb 8:00-8:15 Harlem—Harlem Food Pantry, Harlem Area Senior Citizens Center 13-Feb 8:45-9:15 Chinook—Chinook Food Pantry 13-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 Roadkill Meat Donations While vehicle-killed wildlife salvage has become an approved practice in Montana and a potential source of game meat, Fish Wildlife and Parks’ rule is that unprocessed game animals cannot be donated directly to food banks. For more information please go to licenses/salvagePermit.html.

Delivery/Pick-Up Reminder Agencies that have food orders delivered to a dedicated agency drop-off location must remember to make arrangements to pick-up all shopping list orders the day of delivery. If you cannot pick-up the same day , you must make arrangements in advance with the drop-off agency manager. Dedicated dropoff agencies are extending a courtesy by providing time and space. Please remember to pick up your orders up in a timely manner.

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

December 2013

1 0 1 y t e f Food Sa Way to Go Hardin! Partner Agency and BackPack Program Collaboration Montana Food Bank Network is excited to welcome several new schools to our expanding Backpack Program. This month schools in Ashland, Hardin, Roundup, and Laurel are all beginning distributions to chronically hungry students in their communities! A special thanks to Linda, at Helping Hands in Hardin, for providing fiscal sponsorship and Shannon, at Hardin schools, for coordinating the program. Both Linda and Shannon have worked dilligently to form this partnership bringing BackPack bags to their students. We are proud of this great example of community collaboration in the Network! We have also developed a video conference series to provide training through distance learning to our BackPack Coordinators across the state. As you know, travel in this vast state can be daunting at certain times of year. This method allows us to provide training and support to all participating Montana schools, even during inclement weather. Our first conference is scheduled for December 11th, and we hope that it will prove to be a useful tool in serving our dedicated BackPack coordinators. If you want to learn more about sponsoring a BackPack Program at schools in your community, please contact Stephanie at / ext.229.

Safely Storing Food in Your Fridge Did you know there’s a certain storage order for refrigerated items? The storage order was created so juices from meat, for example, do not drip onto ready-to-eat foods. Below is a diagram of how to correctly store foods, from top to bottom, in your refrigerator!

Ready-to-eat food

Seafood Whole cuts of beef and pork

Ground meat and fish

Whole and ground poultry




Pear Crisp

Using featured product, canned pears (item # I6649)


The Montana Food Bank Network 5625 Expressway Missoula, MT 59808

1/2 cup uncooked regular oats 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons cold butter 3 pears, sliced

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

Directions: - Preheat oven to 375 degrees. - Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter. - Grease bottom of 9 inch pie plate and place pears in plate. - Sprinkle oat mixture over pears. Bake for 20 minutes.


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Read about new MAR terminology, a Farm Bill update, roadkill donation regulations, and a BackPack partnership in Hardin.