Invite your family and friends to join you on a crisp December day of giving back to your community. In its first year, 2010, the event raised 14,000 pounds of food and $2,000 for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. In our efforts to support the Food Bank’s need to support a growing number of families in the Gallatin County, we have set our sights on becoming the Valley's biggest food drive by increasing our impact and raising 25,000 pounds of food this year. A contribution of this size will go far to support the over 1,200 local families that receive emergency food boxes each month. Our efforts are timed to help stock the shelves through the winter and to compliment the US Postal Service food drive that occurs in April and the "Can the Griz" and "Huffing for Stuffing" events that occur in the Fall each year.
Please help us spread the word about this event! Post it on your Facebook, friend the event, tweet it, yell it, whisper it, do whatever you can to help us reach our audacious goals to help the Food Bank this winter!
We need your help raising 25,000 pounds of food, one bag at a time! Please fill out the volunteer form below and select a neighborhood close to where you live. Volunteers will be expected to pull together a small group of friends and family to join them in making this event a huge success.
If you would like to help this year with a monetary donation we now are accepting donations through the Gallatin Valley Food Bank's secure site.
Here is a summary of what we are asking you to do:
One week prior to the event organizers of the event will provide your team with grocery bags and an affixed description of the event that can be attached to the doors of all of the houses in your chosen neighborhood in the days leading up to the event. We tested this last year and found that those homes that received bags sometime during the week prior to the event were much more likely to have food out on their porches on the day of the event. In those neighborhoods where the volunteers actually knocked on the doors and explained the event when they dropped off the bags, 80-90% of the homes had bags out for the Saturday pickup.
On the day of the event, you and your team will check-in at your assigned drop-off location between 9:30-10:30am, receive lanyards for team members to make you all look good and official, and then set out to collect food from your selected neighborhood. When your team has picked up every last can in your neighborhood, return to the drop-off location to celebrate and fill our semi-trucks full of food!
Please complete the form below to volunteer! Many thanks.
This event is directly modeled after a twenty year tradition in Butte, MT which is primarily sponsored by Thompson Distributing. The Butte food drive has become a pinnacle event, and continues to be a driving force in the community.
From June 30, 2012 to July 1, 2013 the Gallatin Valley Food Bank: