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BIG SKY COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

CASH DONATIONS SOUGHT TO PROVIDE FOOD BOXES TO FAMILIES

“We live in Montana and we take care of each other. When times are worst, we see the best,” Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said in a recent press conference.

That sentiment has been reiterated by organizations and individuals in the Big Sky Community. The food bank has seen an “outpouring of support,” and currently has no room for additional volunteers, but there are other ways to help.

The food bank will be expanding hours to include Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The lobby will be closed to the general public as the organization transitions to pre-packed food boxes to “increase social distancing for the health and safety of customers, volunteers, and staff,” according to a press release.

Beginning March 17, a pick up for the pre- packaged food boxes will be implemented. The boxes will contain a set menu or a least a week's supply of food per household. 

Households will be allowed to pick up a box twice each month. There will be no substitutions of food at this time. A drive-through service will be offered where food boxes will be distributed from the patio area of the food bank, under the awning.

There is currently no need for volunteers since there has been an “outpouring of support” from the Big Sky community. However, donations are needed to supply the food boxes to families. To donate, please visit bigskyfoodbank.org

“Those quarantined, self-quarantined and/or of suspicious health status will be allowed to order a food box dropped off to their home,” per the release. Those home drops will take place on Fridays. “We will leave the box outside your door and will not make any other contact with you.”

Produce, dairy and household necessity vouchers for use at local grocery stores will also be offered.

“We are coordinating with partners within Big Sky including the school district, human resources, resort tax, and grocery stores to meet the challenges of our community, anticipating an increase in need as people lose hours at work and/or endure a 14 day quarantine,” an earlier press release said.

The Yellowstone Club donated 1,500 pounds of produce to the food bank — a donation that came from food bank advisory council member Laine Hegness encouraging the kitchen managers to donate.

The Hungry Moose will make soups, salads and side dishes with fresh ingredients that can then be frozen for later use, food bank operations manager Sarah Gaither explained.

“This is a great example of community food system networking and community support,” she said.

Who qualifies? Anyone in need.

“If you feel like you are in a food emergency, please stop by. We help Big Sky residents in need of emergency food assistance. We can help you fill your shelves with pantry staples and your refrigerator with meats, dairy, and fresh produce,” the website says.

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