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Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

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Client Hunger Survey


Need More SNAP Brochures?


Welcome New Staff


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: May 10 The 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive – also known as the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive- will be taking place on Saturday, May 10, 2014. This event has become the nation’s largest singleday food drive and we know that many of you have very strong participation in your area. If you are not familiar with the event, it is very simple for anyone to participate. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag with non-perishable foods next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10. Montana’s letter carriers will collect these donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks and pantries. To find out more visit the webite here: Or their Facebook page here: MFBN asks that you please let us know how much food was donated to your agency through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It does not need to be broken down into any product categories, but please track the poundage and call or e-mail the totals to MFBN so we’ll know how our state is doing, and what number we need to exceed next year. We have also received some Stamp Out Hunger promotional pins that will be on our trucks as we make deliveries, so if you would like one, check with your delivery driver.

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May 2014

Homestyle Lite Chicken Noodle Soup Warm up from spring rains with this shopping list’s featured item, chicken noodle soup. Find the soup on the Donated Shopping List: Item # I6743, 12/18.6 OZ case, $3.04/case.



Hungry in Montana: 2014 Client Hunger Survey Every two years the Montana Food Bank Network conducts a survey of food pantry clients across the state. This survey allows us to gain a better understanding of both the contributing factors and the consequences of hunger in Montana. Survey participants share information on a variety of subjects including their employment situation, sources of income, participation in public food programs, prevalence of skipped meals, access to health care, and frequency of food pantry visits. The resulting Hungry in Montana report is an enormously valuable tool for both education and advocacy. We will be conducting our 2014 survey in April and May in the following communities: Miles City, Billings, Hardin, Great Falls, Dillon, Havre, Browning, and Libby. A big THANK YOU to all of the participating agencies! You can view the 2012 Hungry in Montana Report at: research-and-reports

RSVP Today!

Montana Hunger Relief Forum Keynote Speaker: Jeremy N. Smith, author of Growing a Garden City The 2014 Montana Hunger Relief Forum is almost upon us, so if you haven’t sent in your RSVP yet, be sure to secure your space! What’s in store at this year’s forum? Well, we will feature a fantastic keynote speaker, Jeremy N. Smith, author of Growing a Garden City. Smith will work with attendees to delve into the true potential of community food initiatives. It will be a great opportunity to share your own local efforts and learn how to take the next steps in “growing community”. The forum will also provide attendees with time for questions and comments about MFBN’s Agency Policy Manual, which outlines the best practices and guidelines for Partner Agencies. Plus we will have subject-specific breakout sessions with MFBN experts to help answer all of your questions, and an open forum session for peer-to-peer discussion. This vital dialogue period has been requested by forum attendees each year and MFBN is happy to deliver the opportunity. On top of all of this, you’ll get a delicious lunch catered by Burns Street Bistro and an opportunity to tour the MFBN warehouse after the forum. Please join your fellow hunger-fighters at the table and RSVP to Jeff at ext. 232 /

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

May 2014

DELIVERY 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 14-May 10:00-10:45 Bozeman—Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Headwaters Area Food Bank, West Yellowstone Food Bank, Gardiner Food Pantry, Big Sky Youth Home 14-May 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 15-May 9:00-9:30 15-May 9:45-10:00 15-May 10:15-10:45 15-May 10:45-11:45 15-May 12:00-12:30

Stevensville—Pantry Partners 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

20-May 8:30-9:00 20-May 10:30-11:30 20-May 11:30-11:45 20-May 12:30-1:00 20-May 1:45-2:15

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

22-May 9:00-9:30 22-May 10:00-10:15 22-May 10:30-11:15 22-May 12:00-12:15 22-May 12:15-1:15 22-May 1:30-2:15

Thompson Falls—Community Harvest Food Bank, Thompson Falls Seniors, Thompson Falls AOG Church, Sanders County Coalition for Families Trout Creek—Trout Creek Seniors 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

27-May 8:15-8:30 27-May 10:00-10:45 27-May 1:15-1:45 27-May 3:15-3:45

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

28-May 7:15-7:45 Hardin—Helping Hands, Set Free Ministries 28-May 8:15-8:30 Garryowen—Center Pole Foundation 28-May 10:00-10:30 Billings—Family Service, INC., Alternatives/Passages, Montana Rescue Mission, Teen Pantry Program 28-May 11:00-11:30 Laurel—Community Hope 28-May 12:00-12:15 Joliet—Joliet Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County 28-May 12:45-1:30 Columbus—Project Hope 28-May 2:15-2:30 Big Timber—Big Timber Community Food Bank 30-May 8:00-8:15 30-May 8:15-8:30 30-May 9:00-9:30 30-May 10:30-11:30 30-May 12:00-12:30 30-May 1:15-1:30

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 Hot Springs—Hot Springs Food Pantry, Hot Springs Seniors Dixon—Dixon Seniors




DELIVERY SCHEDULE continued 3-Jun 8:00-8:15 St. Ignatius—St. Ignatius Seniors 3-Jun 8:15-8:45 St. Ignatius—Mission Valley Food Pantry 3-Jun 9:15-9:45 Ronan—Ronan Bread Basket, Mission Valley Seniors 3-Juun 11:30-11:45 Columbia Falls—Columbia Falls Food Bank 3-Jun 12:00-12:15 Whitefish—North Valley Food Bank 3-Jun 1:15-2:00 Eureka—Tobacco Valley Food Pantry, Eureka Four Square Church, Tobacco Valley Seniors 5-Jun 8:15-9:00 5-Jun 10:15-11:15 5-Jun 11:30-11:45

Polson—Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry, Polson Seniors Kalispell—Flathead Food Bank, Lighthouse Christian Home, Samaritan House,St. Matthews Church Kalispell—North West Montana Veterans Stand Down

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

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

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

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

17-Jun 12:30-1:00 17-Jun 3:30-3:45

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

18-Jun 8:30-9:00 18-Jun 9:30-10:00 18-Jun 11:00-11:15 18-Jun 12:00-12:45 18-Jun 1:30-1:45 18-Jun 2:15-2:30 18-Jun 3:30-4:00 18-Jun 4:00-4:30 18-Jun 6:00-6:30

Wibaux—Wibaux Food Bank Glendive—Dawson County Food Bank 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

19-Jun 8:00-8:15 Harlem—Harlem Food Pantry, Harlem Seniors 19-Jun 8:45-9:15 Chinook—Chinook Food Pantry 19-Jun 9:45-10:30 Havre—Havre Food Bank, Feed My Sheep, Boys and Girls of the Hi-Line ??-Jun TBD

Missoula—Missoula Agencies begin scheduled pick up’s

Events and Reminders Montana Hunger Relief Forum

May 16, 2014 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Wingate, Missoula Hope to see you there!

Need More SNAP Brochures

? Are you in need of more SNAP brochures to hand out to your clients? Do you have brochures with the most recent income guidelines? (Income guidelines were last revised October 2013.) If you would like more/new brochures, contact Diane at ext.222.

Montana Food Bank Network Partner Agency News

May 2014

1 0 1 Y T E F A S D O FO When to Reject Product When receiving product, it is important to assess the quality of the food to make sure that it is safe to serve to your clients. There are a few things to pay attention to when assessing the quality and safety of incoming food product.

A product should be rejected if you notice any of the following:

- Packages with holes, tears, or rips - Dented, bulged, or rusted cans - Packages that appear to be tampered with - Liquid products that have leaks, dampness, or water stains - Products with signs of pests or pest damage - Food that is moldy, has abnormal coloring, or odor - Meats, fish, and poultry that are slimy, sticky, or dry - Also, at time of arrival, cold food should be 41 degrees or lower, hot food should be 135 degrees or higher, and frozen food should be frozen solid.

Welcome New Public Policy Coordinator, Emily Thomsen Hello, my name is Emily Thomsen and I am excited to be working with MFBN as the Public Policy Coordinator. Before moving to Missoula in 2011, I lived throughout the American West and abroad. I am a former attorney who decided to make a difference in her community. I will be working at MFBN to increase participation in the public food programs through outreach and advocacy. I am happy to be doing work I am passionate about and hope I can make difference. When I am not at MFBN I am exploring Montana with my husband and chasing my one year old daughter as she discovers the world. Emily will be working primarily on expanding access to School Breakfast and Summer Food Programs throughout the state. She can be reached at 721-3825 x250 or




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The Montana Food Bank Network 5625 Expressway Missoula, MT 59808 Phone: 406-721-3825 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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Gayle Gifford


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Bill Mathews


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Kristen Lothrop


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Chris McCleerey


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Katie Lane


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Clark Tower



Morgan Brennan


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Kate Devino


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Lorianne Burhop


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Emily Thomsen


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