(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 Tuesday.

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.

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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.

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.

44 Tons

The Bigfork Food Bank distributed nearly 44 tons of food to Bigfork area clients in 2017.

190 Households

The Bigfork Food Bank serves approximately 190 families annually.

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5000 Hours

Volunteers donate approximately 5000 hours of labor annually.

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.

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Ann Tucker also wrote:
During this crisis we have received food and/or money from various individuals and organizations.

The drive through soup drive generated 1,425 pounds of soup plus 81 pounds of toilet paper plus Cash Donations! Thank you Debbie Ingram and everyone who helped in this effort!

Bigfork Innovations, Committee for a Better Bigfork and Rotary purchased almost 2,000 pounds of food for us! Thank you Lisa Clothier for organizing this!

Eagle Bend Homeowners Association added to their original food drive with both money and food! Our thanks to Bill Leininger for heading this up.

Parkside Credit Union donated 256 pounds of food as well as a generous cash donation! Diane Kautzman deserves our sincerest thanks!

We have received other donations from churches and many private individuals as well.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Ann Tucker wrote:
On Tuesday, May 5, the Bigfork Food Bank served 57 families (132 individuals) and distributed 5,116 pounds of food. We had anticipated and prepared for more families, but perhaps this is good news for our community?

Our next distribution is Tuesday, May 12 during regular hours (9 until 1). In fact we will be resuming our REGULAR schedule beginning on the 12th. Times will be the same for the first and third Tuesday (4 until 6) and 9-1 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

There are a few things I’d like to clarify for all of our faithful supporters:

1. We did not close in April due to lack of food or volunteers. We were only open one time as we thought it would reduce virus exposure for our volunteers, who mostly fall into the at-risk group. Every client received a month’s supply of food, which accounted for the unusually high volume of food distributed. However our shelves were restocked quickly through the generosity of our community, with the help of Montana Food Bank Network and through a wonderful relationship with Flathead Food Bank!

2. The Bigfork Food Bank is not closing. We have never had as much food as we currently have in stock! Nothing has changed. As stated above we are resuming normal operations and hours beginning May 12.

3. The Bigfork Food Bank will always be appreciative of everything the community does to support our efforts!

I’m praying that this coronavirus is on its way out and all life can return to normal.

Thank you. Stay safe and God bless you and yours!
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