By Lori Christenson, GVFB Program Manager

January 2012 will mark the Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s 30th anniversary. The food bank serves individuals from every walk of life that have had a tough choice: paying their bills or feeding themselves or their family. The slow economic recovery has demonstrated the continued need for emergency services like these in our area.

During the holiday season the food bank provides more than 1,200 households with a holiday food box, giving families and individuals the opportunity to cook a homemade Thanksgiving meal. We prepare these special boxes with all the traditional fixings, including turkey, green beans, cream of mushroom soup and boxed pie mix. During this busy time, we need additional volunteers to help with our efforts.

We also remain busy throughout the year, especially during the summer when children are out of school and families struggle to make ends meet without the resources provided during the school year.

Donations of either funds or food at any time of year helps keep our doors open year-round, five days a week, and our vehicles on the road. Contributions of time, finances and talent are valued, needed and appreciated. or (406) 586-7600