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For the past few years the Gallatin Valley Food Bank has held a special recognition and awards ceremony for individuals, teams, clubs, foundations, and businesses who have contributed significantly to the GVFB over the course of the last year. These awards go beyond recognizing efforts for a “record” donation. These awards are meant to encompass the less tangible gifts that have allowed the GVFB to thrive, expand programs, reach more individuals, raise awareness, and develop new avenues to improve food security in our community. In past years we have had four categories but in 2015 we consolidated the awards.
Our Local Letter Carriers
US Postal Service & Letter Carriers of Bozeman are the 2016 recipients of our Nourishing Community Award for their collaboration with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, as part of a nationwide effort to address hunger. The annual Letter Carrier’s Food Drive and their commitment to community allows us to reach an audience of 28,000 households, spreading awareness of the food bank and stocking our shelves every spring.
The Farm to Food Bank program’s mission is to reduce hunger by providing fresh, local, and high-quality produce to Southwest Montana food bank clients, while supporting and investing in the local food economy. The Farm to Food Bank project started in 2006 with the sole purpose of purchasing goods from local farmers to be distributed through the Food Bank. The Farm to Food Bank project is unique in that the goal is not just to get food to people in need, but to prioritize access to fresh and healthy food and support local farmers.
Dr. Alison Harmon and Dr. Carmen Byker-MSU College of Health and Human Development— Townes Harvest, research and technical assistance, service learning students, and AARP partnership
Yellowstone Club Community Foundation— Kids Pack Program expansion (1st round)
John Dudas— Huffing for Stuffing Race Founder, for his efforts in raising public awareness and visibility of GVFB in the community
Kathy Tanner and MSU’s Office of Activities and Engagement— Can the Griz, Campus Compact, Service Saturday efforts
Dean Richardson—established the Belgrade Saturday Service and managed the program for 7 years ensuring access to healthy foods for Belgrade area residents.
Dale McNichols— (God’s Garden) tireless dedication to grow fresh, local food for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.
Craig Cummings— (posthumously) principal of Heck/Quaw Elementary in Belgrade, for his dedication to ensuring that the children in his care had adequate access to nutritious foods.
Murdochs— Continued support for all programs through community involvement: giving volunteer time and expertise, hosting events in our stores, investing in local sponsorships with measurable results, and offering an employee giving program.
Jan Krieger— One Million Ways Club Leader (Chief Joseph Middle School) for efforts coordinating volunteers on a weekly basis for 4+ years