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…)

Earned Income Tax Credit | Raising Working Families Out of Poverty

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has lifted millions of American out of poverty since 1975. The EITC was created by Congress to supplement low wages while reducing tax liabilities for working families and individuals. To be eligible to receive the EITC, a person must be working, have income from a job, and pay federal taxes. Depending on marital status and number of children, working parents can make up to $53,000 per year while childless workers can make up to $20,000 per year. The EITC has been shown to boost employment and wages, specifically among single mothers. A primary facet of the EITC that has historically garnered bipartisan support is the incentive to work. Put simply, the more a person works the greater the EITC benefit they receive (up to a certain income level). (more…)

Missoula Food Bank Welcomes Social Work Practicum Student

Comments from: Christine A.

Christine NewsletterI was 21 when I became pregnant with my son. I was scared. I didn’t feel ready. I had a part time job at a clothing store and just enrolled in my first semester of college. That job did not last, but I can’t say I wanted it to. As far as school goes, I knew I wanted to do something that made a difference in people’s lives but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.

I am now the mother of a 4 year-old superhero enthusiast and a beautiful baby girl. I am working on a social work degree and I love the work I am doing. (more…)

Medicaid Expansion & Healthcare

expanded medicaid.fwAs of today, 32,850 more Montanans have insurance than at this same time last year. That means that 32,850 more people can feel comfortable getting medical care when they need it most without the fear of leaving with a huge medical bill.  (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Spring Smith

20150814_100406Spring is one of our most vibrant volunteers! She comes to Missoula Food Bank full of energy and ready to tackle any project. She has been volunteering for the Food Circle program and as a ROOTS delivery driver for 3 months. Thank you, Spring, for your positive energy and willingness to help out in so many needed ways!

K: Spring, when you are in a room, you light it up with a kind of energy. Where does that come from? (more…)