Leading Community Partner: Gallatin Valley Food Bank

March 03, 2016

Each month, an average of 1,200 households (more than 2,700 individuals) eat meals from monthly emergency food boxes provided by the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Around 33% of those recipients are children.

Unemployment and the lingering impacts of the recession have pushed record numbers of people in the Gallatin Valley and in Southwest Montana towards food insecurity. Thankfully, people can still count on the Food Bank. Every day, an average of 2.75 tons of food are distributed to those who need it most.

These efforts to fight food insecurity make our Co-op especially proud to support the Food Bank as one of our Leading Community Partners through our Deep Roots Giving program.

Southwest Montana Farm to Food Bank

One of the biggest ways we partner with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank is through the Southwest Montana Farm to Food Bank program, in which fresh, local food is purchased from area farmers and donated to area food banks (the program also supports the Livingston Food Pantry).

Last year, more than 7,000 pounds of locally-grown vegetables, legumes and grains were purchased from Montana farmers and distributed through the food banks.

Just this week, the Co-op Board of Directors helped bag and label 700 pounds of Montana-grown lentils purchased through the program.

This program is supported through Co-op customer donations at the registers (which are then matched through the Deep Roots giving program) as well as generous grants from the Bozeman Area Community Foundation and First Security Bank.

In an effort to help more families through this program, a special fundraising effort has been set up for those interested in donating: Go Fund Me: Farm to Food Bank

Photography by Jessie Moore Photography. Check out photos of all of our Leading Community Partners, on display now in the Flying C Cafe and Co-op Downtown.

Co-op Deep Roots

In operation since 1979, the Co-op has deep roots in Bozeman. As a community-owned business, we believe that bringing people together, inspiring change and making a difference in our community is all part of being a good neighbor.

The Deep Roots project digs deep to give back to our community in meaningful and inspiring ways, with a commitment to “Respect the food, the people and the place.”

What other non-profit groups are doing amazing things in our community? Check out a full list of our Leading Community Partners.