We are hiring!

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center is hiring for the positions listed below. Missoula Food Bank & Community Center is an inclusive anti-racist, LGBTQ2S+ ally organization. Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and gender diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

Director of community organizing and equity

Pay: $50,000 – $60,000 Salary

Apply online and learn more at: https://usnlx.com/viewjob.asp?jobid=35803881

Open until filled.

Volunteer Coordinator

Pay: $16/hr

Apply online and learn more at: https://usnlx.com/eviewjob.asp?jobid=35814677

Application closing date: April 22nd or until filled.

Summer Intern

Pay: $15/hr

Dates: June 7 – August 20, 2021

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3spUSXQ.

Apply online at https://www.nokidhungry.org/youth-ambassadors.

Questions? Contact Jamie Kocsondy at 406.549.0543 or jamie@missoulafoodbank.org.

AmeriCorp Summer 2021 VISTA

Application information coming soon.

House Bill 228

Montana House Bill 228 – Paid Family and MEdical Leave Insurance 

  • Could you benefit from Double SNAP Dollars?
  • Do you use your SNAP dollars at the Farmers Market?
  •  We want to hear your story!
  • Montana House Bill 228 or Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, will provide extra funds for workers that need to take time off to care for themselves and their loved ones.
  • Hearing date 2/1/21

Essential goals of the House Bill 

The Montana Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (the FAMLI Act) would pool small contributions from employees and employers to create a dedicated funding stream for workers when they need time off to care for themselves or a loved one.  From these small contributions, representing less than half of 1 percent of wages, eligible workers would receive a portion of their wages while on leave.

SHARE YOUR STORY

Let us help make sure your voice is heard! We need your help sharing stories of families and individuals in Missoula County that benefit from this change. Help make this change by submitting written testimony or by testifying via Zoom to the committee by Wednesday, February 3, 2021. (date subject to change)

What is a testimony and what would I have to say?

This is an opportunity to tell your story and how the outcome of this bill will affect you and your community.  You will be able to talk directly to the people that make the final decisions concerning the needs of your family and our community.  You can do this in a variety of ways: in person, via ZOOM, and written.

How to testify and share your story

Need equipment to testify?

For support in preparing your testimony, contact Mekenzye (Kenny) Senn-Cadotte at mekenzye.senn-cadotte@umontana.edu or (406) 578-1193.

House Bill 235

Montana House Bill 235 – Double SNAP 

  • Could you benefit from Double SNAP Dollars?
  • Do you use your SNAP dollars at the Farmers Market?
  •  We want to hear your story!
  • Montana House Bill 235 or Double SNAP, will help all our Montana neighbors buy and sell fresh, local fruits and vegetables.
  • Hearing date 2/3/21

Essential goals of the House Bill 

If passed, this bill will allow for people to use their SNAP dollars at farmers’ markets and other local fresh food producers around Montana. This means that both our local farmers and neighbors using SNAP will benefit.  Our neighbors will be able to buy fresh and local fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products. This is currently available in Missoula County, if this bill is passed, this opportunity will be available around the entire state!

SHARE YOUR STORY

Let us help make sure your voice is heard! We need your help sharing stories of families and individuals in Missoula County that benefit from this change. Help make this change by submitting written testimony or by testifying via Zoom to the committee by Wednesday, February 3, 2021. (date subject to change)

What is a testimony and what would I have to say?

This is an opportunity to tell your story and how the outcome of this bill will affect you and your community.  You will be able to talk directly to the people that make the final decisions concerning the needs of your family and our community.  You can do this in a variety of ways: in person, via ZOOM, and written.

How to testify and share your story

Need equipment to testify?

For support in preparing your testimony, contact Mekenzye (Kenny) Senn-Cadotte at mekenzye.senn-cadotte@umontana.edu or (406) 578-1193.

Commitment to Lolo

MFB&CC has supported food distribution in the Lolo community for more than 10 years and this commitment remains a priority for our organization.

As in all our programs, we work to provide services in ways that follow the guidance of our community’s health experts, and that are true to our values of equity, empathy, and dignity for all people. MFB&CC practices all recommendations from Missoula City County Health Department, as well as CDC guidance, regarding masking, social distancing, and other recommendations that help to keep our community more safe.

We invite any questions regarding the comments we provided to the Lolo Community Club board of directors; please contact our Executive Director, Aaron Brock, at 406-549-0543.

And we continue to serve more food to more people.

Person Power During the Pandemic

By Kelli Hess

 

Almost everything at MFB&CC has changed since the onset of this pandemic. We used to have coffee and pastries at the front of our Store; our neighbors could sit and read the paper, or have a conversation with a stranger, before their shop. Kids played in EmPower Place. Our kitchen was full of volunteers, customers, donors, and people who had never stepped foot in our food bank before – all taking the same cooking class.

So many things are different now, in so many ways.

We’ve adjusted our services so that almost everything is Grab-n-Go. Now, customers who visit our food bank are in our Store for one or two minutes. We went from having 700+ volunteers each month to only having a handful of volunteers at the food bank each week. Since March, we have seen more unique Missoulians needing nourishment than ever before. We know that we serve some of our most vulnerable neighbors. In these trying times it’s so important for us to be able to offer emergency food assistance without disruption.

We know it is our responsibility to keep our team and our customers as safe as we can.

We have transitioned our staffing from many many helpers to having as few people as possible in the building at any given time. Everyone at the food bank wears masks. Staff and volunteers wear gloves and wash hands often. We have split our staff into two teams. One team, the “store team”, works at the food bank. The second team, “the home team”, is working from home and are on-call for when/if a member of the store team tests positive for COVID-19. Both teams a have a limited number of incredible volunteers who offer 10 or more hours per week of their time. To keep pace with the growth in need over all our services, we have had to bring on a handful of temporary employees, an unbudgeted but necessary expense. And the plan is working. We continue offering high quality nutrition to our friends and neighbors while limiting the exposure of our staff and volunteers.

The part of our food bank that hasn’t changed is the sense of community.

Our staff team has stepped up to this challenge, and the volunteers that have been working continue to be the most loving and kind people you’ll ever meet.

We consider ourselves lucky to be in a community that continues to support the work that we do.

While we can’t wait for this pandemic to end, we want our community to know that we’re doing ok. Our plan is working, and with the support of this community, more food is going out to more people than ever before.


Donate to our 35th Annual Holiday Drive to help nourish those in our community living with less. Donate today at https://bit.ly/2qMOpMc.