ROOTS - Recognizing Other Opportunities To Serve
Overview: Through our ROOTS program, Missoula Food Bank is able to provide a supply of commodity food staples to home bound, low-income seniors in our community each month. This program is in partnership with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, using USDA commodity food. Each month, volunteers deliver items like cereal, milk, peanut butter, chili, and other staples to the doorsteps of seniors with mobility issues. We are currently serving 415 ROOTS clients.
The Need: From 2011 to 2013, the number of seniors in our community who accessed emergency food assistance at Missoula Food Bank increased by 14%, accounting for more than 5,875 store services just last year.
Program impact: In 2013, Missoula Food Bank delivered 4,898 food packages through this program, an increase of 8% over 2011 totals. This totals more than 146,000 lbs of food to low-income seniors and in our community.
How to Apply: ROOTS commodities are available to low-income seniors who meet the income qualifications set by USDA. You can download a Senior ROOTS application here to begin the qualification process. For more information about ROOTS, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
How to Help: We are always in need of ROOTS drivers! This is a one afternoon per month committment (second Thursday of each month), and typically takes less than two hours. Download a Volunteer Application here!
If your group or business would like to sponsor a ROOTS delivery, please contact our Community Relations Director.
Check out our Senior Resource Guide!