Our Mission

Our vision is to help Big Sky become a stable and livable year-round community for all.

BSCFB promotes a vibrant local economy by utilizing community resources to preserve the food security, health and dignity of those in need in the Big Sky area.

The Big Sky Community Food Bank enhances food security in Big Sky.

Food Banks were originally intended to fill the gap when households were out of food and resources due to an emergency. Emergency situations (major disasters), are now less than half of our client load. We also serve working poor households whose income does not stretch to cover food expenses, seasonally employed households, older adults living on fixed incomes, as well as households who are temporarily homeless.  Levels of long-term unemployment and more frequently underemployment continue to force people with jobs to seek emergency food assistance.   More often than not, at least one person in every household we serve has someone currently employed.

1 in 8 Gallatin County residents were nourished through all of our programs.

An average 1,362 households (roughly 3,050 individuals) eat meals from our monthly emergency food boxes provided by our Bozeman location and our satellite services in Three Forks, Belgrade, and now Big Sky, Montana.  Almost 33% of these recipients are children.

OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

EMERGENCY FOOD BOX PROGRAM

If you are out of food and resources due to an emergency, we offer a five to seven day supply of food. The box size depends on the number of people in the household.  Perishable food items are available on an ‘as received’ basis through our Food Rescue Program.   For more information visit our Get Help page.

SENIOR GROCERY PROGRAM

We provide supplemental service for olders adults 60+ .  Every month volunteers deliver pre-packed groceries to area seniors with the intention of supplementing the household’s grocery budget. We are currently providing for more than 365 seniors per month with these supplemental foods.  Items included are non-perishable staples such as: canned protiens, cheese, fruits and vegetables, juice, grains, and cereals.  Age and income guidelines do apply.  For more information visit our Senior Grocery page.

COMMUNITY COATROOM

We offer a variety of warm winter coats, hats, and gloves as well as a selection of towels, bedding and toiletries to aid our seasonal workforce or those in need of additional supplies.  We accept like-new donations on an as-needed basis, please call the food bank to inquire about our current donation needs.

SOCIAL SERVICES

We can help customers with a variety of additional services: applications for SNAP (formerly food stamps), Energy Assistance, Tax preparation, Healthcare Insurance applications, COVID-related emergency financial assistance applications, even resumes and job applications. We can help with referrals to behavioral and mental health professionals as well as low-cost legal assistance.

HEALTHY KIDSPACK PROGRAM

The KidsPack Program aims to end hunger for area children by picking up where state-funded programs leave off. Through the KidsPack Program nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods are packed and distributed to local school children every Friday during the school year.  Teachers, school administrators and counselors discreetly give participating children their packs before the end of day. Instead of overlapping with the efforts of area Food Banks, the KidsPack program meets the food needs of children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekends.  For more information visit our KidsPack Program page.

Fork & Spoon – Formerly COMMUNITY CAFE

Located on the corner of Beall and N. 7th Ave, Fork & Spoon is serving up homegrown scratch cooking, 6 days a week. Sunday-Friday evenings from 5-7pm.  Pay what you can, if you can! Or just enjoy a nice meal without the hassle of clean up! For more information check out their website: forkandspoonbozeman.org