Our Food Circle & Fresh Food Rescue program accepts prepared, perishable food from commercial food establishments. Using sanitized containers, excess prepared food is collected at donor establishments by a driver trained in safe food handling. Donated food is briefly stored in our walk-in cooler until it is repacked into single serving meals. Meals are labeled and dated and immediately frozen for distribution.

  • In 2018, we helped save 59,759 LBS of prepared food from heading to the landfill
  • In 2017, we helped save 51,529 LBS
  • In 2018, we shared 19,034 LBS of food with other local organizations such as The Poverello Center, Share House, the Agricultural Education Program at MCPS, the Salvation Army, and Clark Fork City Church.

Our Grocery Rescue program partners with local grocery stores to accept food that would otherwise be set aside for the landfill. Instead, this food is hand sorted for freshness and expiration dates, by food bank volunteers, to help stock our food bank shelves.

  • In 2018, we helped save 1,259,967 LBS of grocery store food from heading to the landfill
  • 1,034,457 LBS were perishable
  • 225,510 LBS were non-perishable
  • In 2017, we helped save 757,133 LBS

Are you a local business interested in participating in Food Circle?

Contact Operations Director Kelli Hess at kelli@missoulafoodbank.org or 406.549.0543, ext. 108.

Interested in sponsoring our Food Circle & Grocery Rescue programs?
View sponsorship information here.


Food Circle Partners

  • 5 on Black
  • Bernice’s Bakery
  • Big Sky Café at Community Medical Center
  • Big Thai
  • Caffé Dolce
  • China Buffet
  • Dobis Teriyaki
  • Dog & Bicycle
  • Friggin Fulla
  • Ina’s Indian Tacos
  • Iron Cakes
  • Kayle
  • Masala
  • Missoula County Public School Central Kitchen
  • Noodle Wagon
  • Out To Lunch
  • Pagoda
  • Pattie Wagon
  • Pizza Hut Brooks
  • Pizza Hut Northgate
  • Pizza Hut UM
  • Polka Dot Patty’s
  • Sa Wa Dee
  • The Blarney Stone Café at St. Patrick Hospital
  • The Catalyst Café
  • Two Sisters Catering
  • UM Catering
  • UM Corner Store
  • UM CSA
  • UM Dining
  • UM Food Court
  • Vietnam Noodle

Grocery Rescue Partners

  • Albertsons Eastgate
  • Albertsons Northgate
  • Albertsons Russell Square
  • Albertsons Tempers
  • Botanie Soap
  • Clark Fork Farmer’s Market
  • Costco
  • Dailys Premium Meats
  • Fresh Market – Broadway
  • Fresh Market – Reserve Street
  • Good Food Store
  • Great Harvest
  • Le Petite Outre
  • Lucky’s Market
  • Meadow Gold
  • Missoula Farmers’ Market
  • Natural Grocers
  • Newlife Microgreens
  • Orange Street Food Farm
  • Rosauers
  • Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores
  • Target
  • Topp Company
  • Walmart Super Center – Mullan Road
  • Walmart Super Center – US 93
  • Western Montana Growers Co-op
  • Wheat Montana