Our Impact

Emergency Food and Social Services

Since opening its doors in 2012, the Big Sky Community Food Bank has served 2,087 unique individuals – including 78 children and 67 senior citizens. In a town as small as Big Sky, chances are you know someone who has used the food bank.

The Big Sky Food Bank is unlike most other food banks – 97.5% of our clientele are employed. In Big Sky, many struggle to make ends meet as the cost of living increases and wages are stagnant.  Our clients include both year-round essential and seasonal workers, families who have lived here for years and new young professionals hoping to make Big Sky their home. In such a tight economy, many of our neighbors are just one fender bender or trip to the emergency room away from losing everything. The Big Sky Community Food Bank (BSCFB) exists to bridge the gap when clients are in a food emergency, and to help Big Sky become a stable and livable place for all.

BSCFB was created as a local effort between the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) and Big Sky community members, led by Lynne Anderson of the Country Market. The food bank is open two days a week, year-round, and is managed by a local staff person and a group of dedicated volunteers.  The Food Bank rescues unsold produce, dairy and bread products from all of the grocery stores and bakeries in Big Sky, as well as canned goods from the donation bins around town. We are aided by canned food drives initiated by the Big Sky schools and community groups, but often have to purchase food from the Montana Food Bank Network.

As Big Sky grows, so will our food bank. We currently receive funding from all of the community foundations and Big Sky Resort Tax, but those grant monies are not necessarily sustainable.  We are looking to partner with local community members and businesses who will commit to support the food bank on a yearly basis. In order to meet the growing demand for our services, we need community members to sustain our efforts into the future. Together, we can make Big Sky a stable and livable community for all who desire to make Big Sky their home.