Food Bank to Distribute More Farm-Fresh Boxes
As part of the Farmers Feed Families program, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank will continue its distribution of perishable food boxes. The 29 lbs boxes will be completely filled with fresh products such as produce, dairy products, and cooked meats.
These USDA food boxes will be distributed in Bozeman and in Belgrade while supplies last. The Gallatin Valley Food Bank will load the boxes in your vehicle for you in a drive-through style so there are no social distancing concerns.
Here are the scheduled distributions:
- Thursday, October 15th from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church located at 203 Jackrabbit Lane, in Belgrade.
- Tuesday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Gallatin Valley Mall in Bozeman.
- Thursday, October 22nd from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church located at 203 Jackrabbit Lane, in Belgrade.
- Tuesday, October 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Gallatin Valley Mall in Bozeman.
For the Farm to Families program, the USDA has partnered with suppliers and purchased fresh produce, dairy, and meat products. These suppliers have been significantly impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19. Suppliers then package family-sized food boxes, which are distributed throughout the state of Montana. Additional boxes through this program are expected to be available locally on a fairly regular basis.
The boxes are provided through funding from the Coronavirus Relief Act passed by Congress. Jill Holder, HRDC Food and Nutrition Director stated:
We are attempting to reach those who may struggle with transportation or the current hours of distribution. Outreach continues to be an important part of responding to the need in our community.
In addition to the Farm to Families program, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank offers pre-packed food boxes. These boxes are still available for pickup in their Bozeman parking lot, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Gallatin Valley Food Bank's main location is off of Rouse at 602 Bond Street. The Food Bank lobby, bread room, and personal care area are closed to the public. Volunteers are taking extra precautions including social distancing, gloves, and hand washing.
The GVFB also operates two satellite Food Banks; one in Three Forks and one in Big Sky.