MISSOULA, Montana–The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented a check for $9,000 to the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) during their lunch Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Missoula. The lunch was part of the 103approx MFBF Annual Convention November 14-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula.
The donation comes from proceeds raised during the September 17th YF&R Hoofin’ It for Hunger Race in Dillon thanks to generous local sponsors, participants and County Farm Bureaus. Although this is the 12thth year for the race, 2020 and 2021, it was held virtually. This year, participants competed in a 5K or 10K run. Virtual runners who chose not to run donated a portion of the proceeds to the Montana Food Bank Network.
YF&R Committee Chair JM Peck said, “The YF&R Committee is proud to continue our Hoofin’ it for Hunger Race and fundraiser and was able to relocate it statewide to partner with another community. As young people who work every day to raise our food, we have a special appreciation for the work that it takes and recognize the importance of a harvest for all. Young farmers and ranchers across the state are working to nurture vibrant rural communities, and we want to be able to help those in need or those who need a little extra to get through a tough time. For this reason, raising funds for the Montana Food Bank Network remains a top priority for members of our Y&FR committee statewide.”
Bill Mathews, MFBN Chief Development Officer, commented, “The Montana Food Bank Network is grateful for the support and partnership of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and Young Farmers & Ranchers over the past 12 years. The Hoofin’ it for Hunger event has raised awareness for Montana’s hunger relief efforts over time, raising nearly $80,000 in total, including this year’s donation. This amount has provided at least 400,000 meals to those in need.”
Mathews explained that the hunger issues in 2022 are huge across the state due to inflation (higher gas and food costs) and donations like this are having a significant impact on those who face food insecurity on a daily basis. The Missoula-based Montana Food Bank Network, the only statewide food bank secures and distributes donated and low-cost food to over 340 network partners including food banks, pantries, senior centers, shelters and schools throughout Montana. MFBN distributes groceries to all 56 counties in Montana.
“Thank you, Montana Farm Bureau Federation and Young Farmers & Ranchers from all of us here at the Montana Food Bank Network,” Mathews said.
– Montana Farm Bureau