The Bigfork Food Bank
Neighbors helping neighbors – The Bigfork Food Bank has served the Bigfork Community since 1983.
The Bigfork Food Bank has sustained an A+ rating with the Health Department inspections for many years. We are very proud of the way our volunteers take care to follow the highest health and food safety standards.
Now Assisting with SNAP Applications
In addition to utilizing the Food Bank, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Our volunteers can help you understand the program and even help you apply for benefits through the state of Montana, if you wish.
Do you need help?
Clients may visit the food bank twice a month. We are open Tuesdays, the first and third Tuesday of each month 4-6pm and the second and fourth Tuesdays from 9am-1pm. There is no charge to shop at the food bank, and we strive to have healthy food on hand for you to choose from.
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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) 837-2297. We take pride in the Bigfork Food Bank being a completely volunteer organization, we have no paid staff, and all donations go toward the mission of the food bank.
What to expect? When you arrive, one of our volunteers will spend some time with you to explain how our grocery store model works. You will then get a shopping cart and can pick out items from our store. If it is your first visit we will help you complete a half page intake form. This information is completely confidential and is necessary for funding. You will receive food right away.
We do our best to make the following foods available each week: meat, bread, milk, fresh produce, grains, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables. We frequently have other ‘bonus items’ available through the generous donations of our community.
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.
In operation since 1983, the Bigfork Food Bank distributes both donated and purchased food to more than 200 families a year, in the Bigfork area. As a nonprofit, tax exempt, all volunteer organization, the goal of the food bank is to provide basic nutritional support to those in need. Families whose average income falls below 200% 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.
45 Tons Distributed Food
The Bigfork Food Bank distributed nearly 90,078 pounds of food to Bigfork area clients in 2020. For more details, view 2020 data.
The Bigfork Food Bank served 219 families in 2020. We helped 2,775 individuals.
3,944 Volunteer Hours
The Bigfork Food Bank is run by all volunteers. Our volunteers donated 3,944 hours of labor in 2020.
You can help us continue to assist families and individuals in need. We accept 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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