Spotlight: Missoula Food Bank’s New Volunteer Coordinator

Caitlyn TaixYou may have noticed a familiar face spending more time around our store these past couple weeks! Missoula Food Bank is excited to introduce our new Volunteer Coordinator, Caitlyn Taix!

Caitlyn’s original home is in Bismarck, North Dakota, but she moved to Missoula in 2012 for school. Although she loves home and tries to visit her friends and family there a few times a year, she is happy to be living here in the Montana mountains where she intends to stay. (more…)

Momentum

This week, we held our monthly Anti-Hunger Advocate Meeting. It is a fledgling group of people who have raised their hands to enact change at a systemic level to address the roots causes of hunger.

Group advocacy is a new effort at Missoula Food Bank.  Unlike our robust service volunteer program – where people help to pack food, stock shelves,  or deliver groceries – volunteerism in advocacy is sometimes challenging to put your hands on. (more…)

Meet our new Volunteer Coordinator: Jamie Breidenbach

Jamie is a Missoula native and for the past ten years has been supporting people in our community. She has experience working with people of all ages – ranging from eight to eighty years old. Jamie is used to a fast paced work environment and brings with her excellent communication skills.Jamie Breidenbach

Jamie was the Ranch Manager at Dunrovin Ranch in Lolo where she coordinates employees, volunteers, and horses to create memories for ranch guests. Prior to her 5 years at Dunrovin, Jamie worked at the YMCA as the summer camp director, and before that she worked here at Missoula Food Bank as our warehouse assistant. We are glad to have her back on our team!

Jamie lives in the Rattlesnake with her boyfriend, Adam and his boys Dillon & Julian. Jamie volunteers with the Special Olympics ski program. She is an outdoor enthusiast at heart.

Jamie is kind, caring, and friendly. She is going to be a great fit at Missoula Food Bank! She will be taking her time getting to know each and every volunteer soon. Please help us welcome Jamie to our team.

Why Food Drives Matter: Choice.

In food banking, there are two basic models: box-model and choice-model.

The Difference A Food Drive MakesFor more than 30 years, our local food bank has been grateful to provide a choice-model experience to all those in our community who struggle with hunger. So what is the difference? (more…)

Childhood Hunger

Nationally, one in five children faces the threat of food insecurity.

The 15 million children that might not know where their next meal is coming from often rely on the meals provided at school for nutrition. In Missoula County, the number of children that face the threat of food insecurity is even higher. (more…)