Black Lives Matter: MFB&CC Statement

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center condemns white supremacy, police brutality and all forms of racially-motivated violence. We are listening to BIPOC voices and institutions and commit to supporting their leadership in the work ahead. We stand in opposition to all systems that result in disproportionate poverty, food insecurity, and injustice for our BIPOC neighbors. 

As a white-led institution, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center has much to learn about the systems of power, privilege, and oppression. We acknowledge the underrepresentation of BIPOC people in the positions of power in our own institution. It is our responsibility to this community to do better.

We hear you. We care. Black Lives Matter.  

COVID-19 Further Process Changes

MAY 25, 2020

Updated hours as of Monday, May 25, 2020

Beginning Monday, May 25, 2020, hours of operation will be as follows:

Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday: 10am-1pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-1pm

Doors will not open before the stated times. Our waiting room is closed.

EmPower Place will be open for grab-and-go meals only at the above listed times. The center is closed for play.

MFB&CC is now accepting food donations and financial assistance. Those who want to contribute to provide financial assistance, please visit https://bit.ly/3adpse8 to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund.


MARCH 27, 2020

MISSOULA FOOD BANK & COMMUNITY CENTER:  COVID-19 FURTHER PROCESS CHANGES

As our country and community continue to weather this challenging time, our food bank is doing all we can to protect the community we care so much about and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In response to the Governor’s Stay at Home Directive, we are temporarily suspending all volunteer shifts inside our building. We will continue to utilize volunteers for our senior home delivery program, ROOTS.

While we are endlessly grateful for the number of people who are willing to help in a time of unprecedented need, we are also committed to doing our part in preventing community spread, and are therefore making hard choices on how to proceed.

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, hours of operation will be as follows:

Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday: 10am-1pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: Closed

Doors will not open before the stated times. Our waiting room is closed.

EmPower Place will be open for grab-and-go meals only at the above listed times. The center is closed for play.

We would like to remind visitors and our community that MFB&CC is an emergency service in the best of times, and we will continue to meet our community’s needs during these challenging times.

MFB&CC is suspending the acceptance of food donations and asking those who want to contribute to provide financial assistance. Visit https://bit.ly/3adpse8 to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund. 

For the health and safety of our staff and customers, food donations will be suspended for the foreseeable future.

Further information will be provided via our Facebook and web pages as our community navigates this situation together.  Thank you for your ongoing support.  Together, we nourish community.

Food for All and How it Works

UPDATED FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

Emergency food services at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center are available for anyone and everyone, and getting food is free, simple, and confidential.

For the foreseeable future, here’s how it works: Come in through the front doors of our Food Bank at 1720 Wyoming St. during our food distribution hours. A volunteer will ask only for your name and how many people are in your household. They will also ask if there are any children, their ages and if you live with any seniors aged 60 or above. Based on the number of people in your household, a volunteer will direct you to a shopping cart prepared with pre-boxed nonperishable and perishable foods to roll right out the door. Customers are typically in and out in under 60 seconds.

We do NOT ask for identification, proof of income, or proof of being laid off from a job. We do NOT ask that you be a previous customer of the Food Bank and we will not turn anyone away. Food is a basic human right and anyone and everyone are welcomed through our doors for emergency food for you and your family.

For the foreseeable future, our food bank is open for food distribution:

Monday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday: 10am – 7pm
Wednesday: 10am – 1pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: CLOSED

Doors will not open before the stated times. Our waiting room is closed.

EmPower Place will be open for grab-and-go meals only at the above listed times. The center is closed for play.


For more information on our COVID-19 response, click here.

Process Changes for COVID-19 at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

 

Effective immediately, we have transitioned to a box model for food distribution based on household size and have expanded our hours to minimize wait times & long lines. We will continue to operate with precautionary measures.

Starting today, when you arrive at the Food Bank for emergency food services:
• Check in at the front desk: We will ask for your name and the number of people in your household.
• Pick up your food: a volunteer will assist you to pick up pre-boxed food in a shopping cart to wheel outside. Pre-packed food boxes will include non-perishable and perishable food.

Updated Store hours for Food Distribution:
• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am – 7pm
• Wednesday & Friday: 8am – 1pm

With this new box model and to maximize social distancing, our waiting room is closed. There will be little to no wait time to pick up food after checking in. There will be no customization – we cannot fill customized requests during this time. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Click here to read more on our community response to COVID-19.

MFB&CC: COVID-19 Response

MARCH 14, 2020

MISSOULA FOOD BANK AND COMMUNITY CENTER: PROCESS CHANGES FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

To help to slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center is taking the following precautionary measures.

Effective immediately all community use of MFB&CC’s facilities are suspended. This includes regularly scheduled meetings and special reservations of the Learning Kitchen and other spaces.

EmPower Place will be open only for grab-and-go meals. The center will be closed for play.

MFB&CC will continue its Spring Break Kids Eat Free meal service at the following locations for grab-and-go meals:

  • Council Groves Apartments Community Room: Lunch: 11:30am-12pm M-F
  • Travois Village: Lunch: 11:30am – 12:00pm Monday – Friday
  • Futura Mobile Homes: Lunch: 12:00pm – 12:30pm Monday – Friday
  • EmPower Place at MFB&CC:
    • Breakfast: 9:30-11am Wednesday & Friday
    • Lunch: 11 am – 1:30pm – Monday – Friday
    • Supper: 5-7pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday only

All Store (emergency food pantry) services will transition to a box-model.

  • Families are welcome and there is no fear of scarcity. Families will continue to receive foods regularly available at the food bank.
  • The household intake process will be altered to limit time in the facility.
  • For the safety and health of our customers, the waiting room is closed. Services will occur in real time from 8am – 7pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 8am-1pm Wednesday and Friday.
  • There can be no customized requests filled during this time. We are grateful to the public for their understanding.

We would like to remind visitors and our community that MFB&CC is an emergency service in the best of times, and we will continue to meet our community’s needs during these challenging times.

MFB&CC remains in need of community volunteers to ensure that all our neighbors are able to access basic needs services. If you are feeling healthy and well, please sign up at https://bit.ly/2IJZwuD to volunteer.

Financial assistance is needed. Visit missoulafoodbank.org to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund.

These precautions will be in place until the leadership of our organization, informed by experts, feel is prudent to resume normal programming.

Further information will be provided via our Facebook and web pages as our community navigates this situation together. Thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we nourish community.