The Gift of Food

  • When:December 14th, 2013
  • Time:10am - Noon
  • Where:Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana
  • Goal:500 volunteers to collect 25,000 pounds of food for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank

Come Join Us

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!

Photo from 2010
Photo from 2010
Photo from 2010
Photo from 2010
Photo from 2010
Photo from 2010

Volunteer or Donate

50/125 volunteer teams = 40% of our goal

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.

To Donate:

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.

To Volunteer:

Here is a summary of what we are asking you to do:

  1. Week prior to the event: Distribute grocery bags to the houses in your selected neighborhood sometime in the week prior to the event – ideally the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of that week. We made the neighborhoods smaller this year knowing that you would be covering them twice.
  2. Day of the event: Collect bags from all of the houses in your selected neighborhood on Saturday, December 14th. Drop the bags at your assigned drop-off location.

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.

If you don't see your neighborhood listed below, that is because someone has already signed up to cover it.
Neighborhood Map

Principal Sponsors

The event is brought to you by the generous support of Cardinal Distributing, Big Sky Western Bank, and KBZK in conjunction with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

Supporting Sponsors

We would also like to thank A.T. Patterson Design, AgileTask, Rosauers, Prudential MT, and Jim Harris Photography for their support.

Event Inspiration

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.

Gallatin Valley Food Bank

From June 30, 2012 to July 1, 2013 the Gallatin Valley Food Bank:

  • The Gallatin Valley Food Bank distributed 1.4 million pounds of food during the past year from 6/30/12 – 7/1/13.
  • Of all the food that is distributed from the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, 50% of the food comes from their Food Rescue Program and 50% of the food comes from fund drives, such as The Gift of Food.
  • The Food Bank distributes an average of 5,000 pounds of food per day to area families in need.
  • 1 in 8 Gallatin County residents were nourished through one of the Gallatin Valley Food Bank programs: Emergency Food Assistance–Food Rescue, Senior Groceries, KidsPack, Summer Lunch, and the Community Café.
  • At Thanksgiving 2012, the Food Bank distributed 2,391 Holiday Food Boxes.
  • The Gallatin Valley Food Bank's Emergency Food Box Program provided 15,752 Emergency Food Boxes.
  • The Gallatin Valley Food Bank operates the Community Café on North 7th. The Community Café has served 34,492 meals since opening.
  • The Food Bank provides 355 seniors with extra monthly foods so they can eat nutritious meals on a fixed income through the Senior Grocery Program.
  • More than 3,000 (28%) of school-aged children in Gallatin County are eligible for free or reduced price meals. During the 2013-2014 school year, through the Healthy Kids Pack Program, the Food Bank will reach at least 900 of those children. The Kids Pack Program provides nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods that are packed and distributed to local school children every Friday during the school year.
  • In the summer months the Summer Meals Program helps to provide area children fill the meal gap and provides activities. During the summer of 2013 the Food Bank Summer Meals Program provided 8,275 lunches, 1,997 breakfasts and 595 dinners to area children.