Food and Nutrition
Our Store at the Food Bank
At the Big Sky Community Food Bank, grocery shopping is free, simple, and confidential.
We use a “customer choice” model, so you can take what you need and what you think you and your family will use. You can shop for your basic groceries up to twice each month, and you can come in for perishable items at any time. About half of the food in our food bank comes from around Big Sky – the grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, and donated by individuals. The other half of our food we purchase from the Montana Food Bank Network using various funding sources in the Big Sky community.
We are located at 47995 Gallatin Rd. on Highway 191, just north of the stoplight. We’re underneath Cafe 191, and you can enter under the main door facing the highway.
Rules and Intake
You DO NOT have to “qualify” to use our services.
Anyone who feels like they’re in a food emergency is welcome to stop in.
- If it’s your first time to the food bank, we will ask you to fill out a longer intake form which we use for demographic data and to better understand the needs of our community. At that time, if you choose, we can walk you through a variety of supplementary resources that your household may qualify for to supplement your income.
- If you’ve been to the food bank before, we’ll ask you to do a shorter intake form and provide us with any updated household information.
How to Shop
It is possible to eat healthy on a budget!
Take a look at your current eating routine. Pick one or two ways that you can switch to choices today that are rich in nutrition.
A healthy eating routine can help boost your health now and in the years to come. Think about how your food choices come together over the course of your day or week to help you create a healthy eating routine.
It’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. Choose options for meals, beverages, and snacks that have limited added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. The USFDA website has great resources, recipes, and even an app to help you plan for meals and shopping, with tips on how to eat healthy in each phase of life.
Additional Food Programs
at the Big Sky Community Food Bank
Each month qualified seniors will receive shelf-stable canned fruits, vegetables, juice, dairy, proteins, and grains. In order to participate an individual must be 60 or older and meet an income threshold. The application for senior groceries is available at the Big Sky Community Food Bank.
A partnership between BSCO and BSCFB provides free bagged lunch meals to all kids 18 and under throughout the summer months. Contact BSCO camp staff or the Food Bank to learn more. Gallatin Valley Food Bank is the local sponsor for the Montana Office of Public Instruction to provide this program in Gallatin County.
A partnership between BSSD72 and BSCFB that provides free, nutritious bags of snacks and simple meals for students to take home for the weekends. Every Friday afternoon, your child will receive a KidsPack bag from school in their backpack or locker. Participation is discreet and confidential. Any family with children in grades K-12 can enroll. Contact school counseling staff or the Food Bank to learn more.
Other Food Resources within Big Sky
- Big Sky Farmer’s Market
- Big Sky Country Market (accepts SNAP)
- Big Sky Exxon (accepts SNAP)
- Fork & Spoon
- Producer Partnership
- Area CSAs
- Bozeman Farmer’s Market (accepts SNAP)
- Gallatin Valley Food Bank
- West Yellowstone Social Services
- Ennis Food Pantry
- Community Breakfast at New Beginnings
- HRDC Day Center/Warming Center bagged lunch
- Salt & Light Food Pantry
- Soup Kitchen (7th & Oak)