BIG SKY – Big Sky Fitness Fusion is now accepting food items and winter jackets through Dec. 31, and all donations will go to the Big Sky Community Food Bank.

The food bank, now in its third year and under the umbrella of the Gallatin Valley Food Bank located in Bozeman, has always had a coatroom to benefit seasonal employees arriving in Big Sky unprepared for the harsh winters. Now it’s able to help permanent residents as well, says Diane Bartzick, a volunteer who also sits on the food bank advisory board.

“Anything that brings community together and promotes needs of others is [an] important factor,” Bartzick said. “It does take community dedication and support to help the food bank continue to operate.” – Joseph T. O’Connor

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The food bank is in need of the following items for the holidays:

Canned food: Fruit, chunky soups, spaghetti sauces, tomato products, beans (except black beans), vegetables (except green beans or corn), tuna and other canned meats

Dry goods: Anything unopened, especially peanut butter and jelly

Produce: Eggs, milk, butter, cheese

Frozen food: Frozen fruits and vegetables, meat and game (processed at a certified processor)