(406) 837-0360 or (406) 250-4546 bigforkmtfoodbank@gmail.com

The Bigfork Food Bank

Neighbors helping neighbors – The Bigfork Food Bank has served the Bigfork Community since 1983.

Now Assisting with SNAP Applications

Please ask at the food bank or view the SNAP Website for more details.

Do you need help?

Clients may visit the food bank twice a month. We are open most Tuesdays.

Visit our Calendar here

Our awesome volunteer staff!

An amazing team of volunteers runs our facility. Are you interested in helping? Stop by during our office hours or call (406) 837-0360 or (406) 250-4546.

Contact Us

Food Distribution

Both perishable and nonperishable foods are distributed.

Woodshed

 

Bigfork is the only food bank in the state that provides wood for clients. All wood and labor are donated.

Holiday Turkey Distribution

The Bigfork Food Bank distributes nearly 200 turkeys during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season.

Who supports us?

Local churches take turns providing volunteer assistance to the Bigfork Food Bank.

In operation since 1983, the Bigfork Food Bank distributes both donated and purchased food to more than 190 families in the Bigfork area. As a nonprofit, tax exempt, all volunteer organization, its goal is to provide basic nutritional support to those in need. Families whose average income falls below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for food bank assistance. The food bank is supported entirely by community donations; it receives no funding from government agencies or United Way.

Generally, the Bigfork Food Bank is open the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 4PM to 6PM; and the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 9AM to 1PM. The food bank is closed on fifth Tuesdays. Special schedules serve holiday clients in November and December. For details, see the calendar.

The Bigfork Food Bank depends on volunteers and community donations.

There is no funding from state or local governments.

100% Community Funded

The Bigfork Food Bank has no paid staff positions. 100% of all donations go directly to the operations and distribution of food.

42 Tons Distributed Food

The Bigfork Food Bank distributed nearly 84,181 pounds of food to Bigfork area clients in 2019. For more details, view 2019 data.

202 Households

The Bigfork Food Bank served 202 families in 2019. We helped 3,029 individuals.

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3,908 Volunteer Hours

The Bigfork Food Bank is run by all volunteers. Our volunteers donated 3,908 hours of labor in 2019.

Donate Now

You can help us continue to assist needy families.  We are now accepting online donations to make giving to your neighbors even easier, or use our handy printable form for sending in checks and money orders. Your donation is tax deductible.

Bigfork Food Bank – Facebook

 

2 weeks ago

Bigfork Food Bank

Ann Tucker wrote:
October is half over! And today it really feels like fall (or maybe winter?) is in the air!

Today we had 22 families (53 individuals) and distributed 1,649 pounds of food. Last Tuesday evening we had 24 families (46 individuals) and distributed 1,687 pounds of food.

For the last two weeks, we’ve been preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can’t believe it but the Holidays will be here before we know it!

We could use individual packages of hot chocolate. We always try to give out 1-pound cans of coffee at Thanksgiving. We could certainly use these two items!

We have purchased a most attractive bench to use as a memorial to Neta Stilkey. Hooper’s Nursery was generous enough to give us a really good price on it and we are in the process of having a plaque made to go with it. Should you want to donate to this Memorial, please mail your contributions to Bigfork Food Bank, P.O. Box 850, Bigfork MT 59911. Please specify that your donation is to go towards the Memorial Bench.

Thank you for all the love and support you give to the Bigfork Food Bank!!!
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1 month ago

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Our daughter, Ashley, sold her lemonade and cookies at her lemonade stand with proceeds and tips benefitting the Bigfork Food Bank. We wanted to teach our daughter entrepreneurial skills associated with running her own stand. Part of this experience was learning the responsibility of contributing a portion of her proceeds and tips to benefit her community.

When we asked Ashley who she would like to sponsor, she immediately responded that she would like to help feed people that were hungry. Although, we never expected anything in return, Ashley was beaming when she received your letter of commendation. For that we thank you!

Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of her lemonade stand. However, I have attached a picture of Ashley with some of the lemons we used in our lemonade. We give our consent to having her picture posted on your website, as it might encourage other kids to become involved in their community.

Ashley would also be delighted to tour the food bank and wondered if it would be okay to invite 2 fellow homeschool friends to tour along with her? Thank you for your letter and for everything you do in serving others.

Cassie and Josh
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2 months ago

Bigfork Food Bank

Ann Tucker wrote:
We are still not up to our pre-covid numbers! Last Tuesday night we had 14 clients and distributed 1,000 pounds of food to 20 individuals. Today we had 21 clients and distributed 1,332 pounds to 48 individuals. All of us thought that with school starting our numbers would increase but who knows?

We were blessed with 716 pounds of processed meat from the fair which was donated by Northwestern Energy, Kalispell Toyota, Kalispell Ford, Glacier Bank, and Flathead Electric. These businesses have been consistently faithful to the Bigfork Food Bank for years!

I especially want to thank today’s volunteers from Bethany Lutheran. They helped SO MUCH with the 716 pounds of meat we received today. I don’t think we could have done without them!

Stay safe!
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2 months ago

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Yesterday the Bigfork Food Bank suffered a tremendous loss. Neta Stilkey passed away at her home after a brave battle with cancer. Neta was an absolute gem—a remarkable lady who was smart, warm-hearted, and a joy to be with.

During her 16 years as a volunteer at the Food Bank, Neta handled our client intake and served as Office Manager. She knew every client by name and went out of her way to be helpful to all of them. Neta gave valuable advice to young single moms and showed compassion and love to everyone. When a client had a problem, Neta was there to listen. She loved them all.

There are no words to express how much Neta was loved by everyone at the Food Bank. For me personally, it is a profound loss. My solace is that she is no longer in pain and will be with her loved ones in heaven.

Our deepest sympathies to her loving husband Dick and all her family.
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