How We Help
Our mission is to provide, within our means, the best quality food distributed as temporary, emergency assistance to members of the Bigfork community and surrounding areas whose income falls below the 150% poverty level as defined by the U.S. government.
We seek to:
- Serve individuals and families with dignity, compassion, respect and kindness.
- Maintain open hearts, without judgment.
- Provide a joyful, safe workplace for all who contribute their time and efforts in supporting our mission.
- Show, with grateful hearts, our appreciation to all those who support the Bigfork Food Bank with their donations of food and monetary gifts.
The Bigfork Food Bank acquires food in several ways; purchases from local grocery stores; grocery rescue from local stores; purchases of food and donated food from the Montana Food Bank Network; and donations from local residents, including churches, businesses and individuals. Other food banks in the Flathead Valley share surplus food donated by supermarkets in Kalispell.
Twice each month, eligible clients are invited to select from a wide variety of available foodstuffs, including staples such as rice, flour, sugar, eggs, milk, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, meat and bread. Fresh produce is always available. Personal education and recipe exchanges help clients learn to plan and maintain healthy diets.
Twice each month in the winter months, clients may receive a moderate amount of wood for assistance with home heating. All wood is donated, and all labor is volunteered. We salute Toni and Pete for all their hard work. The Bigfork food bank on the only food bank in Montana that provides wood to the community.
Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the Bigfork Food Bank and the Kalispell Regional Healthcare CSCT Bigfork program teamed up to provide snacks for students in need at our Bigfork schools. Bigfork Elementary, Middle and High School can now receive from the food bank healthy snacks such as apples, bananas, oranges, raisins, granola bars, peanut butter, carrots, yogurt, and cheese sticks.
The Bigfork Food Bank also warehouses the School Backpack Program sponsored by the Bigfork Rotary.
The Bigfork Food Bank shares surplus perishable food with other local and regional organizations, including Bigfork schools, ACES (Bigfork after-school care program), Fairmont-Egan School, the Lighthouse Christian Home, the Salvation Army, and other food banks.
The full list of organizations that we share our food with can be found in the 2019 Annual Summary (pdf)