Since Governor Schweitzer declared a statewide emergency due to flooding, 73% of counties and all 7 Tribal communities have made flood declarations. The Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) responded immediately to requests for emergency food and has already distributed over 18,000 lbs of food and water assistance.

At 4am Wednesday morning, another 45,000 additional pounds of supplies consisting of drinking water, cereal, soup, fresh potatoes, shelf stable milk, snacks, canned goods, pasta and canned meats and fish will be on its way to Hardin to support the Crow Agency and the Community Hope Food Pantry in Laurel.  MFBN is a part of Montana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (MTVOAD) and is actively working to provide emergency food relief to those Montanans who have been hardest hit by the flood disaster.

Brent Weisgram, MFBN Chief Operations Officers said, "This is just the beginning and it is far from over.  We have almost a half million pounds of emergency food, water and cleaning supplies ready to roll at a moment's notice."

The Montana Food Bank Network has received a strong response to requests for help from Feeding America, the national food bank, and has also experienced an outpouring of assistance from sister food banks and donors across seven states.

These resources will be distributed across the state of Montana through collaboration with MFBN's 196 partner agencies, where and when it is needed, to provide disaster relief to those displaced and in need of emergency food and supplies.

Feeding America has facilitated a nationwide response from associated food banks and 429,005 pounds of food, water and supplies has been received for disaster support since help was requested.

You can join in the effort.  To help, please donate online or by calling 800-809-4752.