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Grants are reviewed periodically based on available funding. The Aug. 1st, 2016 deadline for submissions has passed.  The next submission deadline will be announced at a date to be determined.

 
2016 Grantees
Troy New Horizons, Troy, MT:     Awarded $1,000
      The mini-grant awarded to Troy New Horizons Learning Centre serves to further the goals outlined in steps four, six, and nine.  Specifically, funds will go towards supporting the after-school meal programs offered at New Horizons, increasing SNAP recipients’ access to farmer’s markets and locally-grown food, and offering nutrition education classes to children and their families.  Troy New Horizons will use grant funds to expand their partnership with the local Farmer’s Market and hosting a series of three community dinners, which will utilize produce harvested from the school garden, prepared and cooked by children and New Horizons staff members.  The program will accept SNAP as payment, and the community dinner will give children opportunities to learn about healthy food and meal planning, using the most local produce that can be made available.

Somers School District, Somers, MT:     Awarded $1,000

      
The mini-grant awarded to Somers School District serves to further the goals outlined in step nine of the MT PECH 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, funds are being used to prioritize teaching nutrition and healthy dietary behavior Somers Middle School.  The Food Service Director at Somers Middle School is also a licensed teacher, who instructs a nutrition elective for 7th- and 8th-grade students, and intends to expand the scope of the cooking skills section of the course to include a daily, six-week block of hands-on cooking instruction.  Grant funds will be used to acquire the equipment necessary to facilitate student participation in the class to gain valuable experience in preparing healthy meals.  The funds will directly supply four kits comprised of hot plates, skillets, pots, knives, cutting boards, measuring cups/spoons, bowls, specialty kitchen utensils, blenders and storage kit boxes for student use during classes. 
Riverstone Health Foundation, Billings, MT:     Awarded $1,000
       The mini-grant awarded to Riverstone Health Foundation serves to further the goals outlined in steps eight and nine of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, grant funds are being used to increase the availability of nutrition education resources and offer nutrition education resources to children and families, including EFNEP participation.  Funding for Riverstone Health Foundation will go towards creating a new program that will supplement public school based nutrition education to provide clients of the Teen Pantry the knowledge and skills to create healthy meals and stretch food pantry resources further in their homes.  Hands-on cooking instruction will be provided, with grant funds allocated towards purchasing food for the cooking classes, creating recipe cards, and buying electric skillets/crock pots for the class participants so that they can replicate the recipes at home.
Hardin School District, Hardin, MT:     Awarded $1,000
       The mini-grant awarded to Hardin School District’s Harvest of the Month for Everyone Cooking (HOME Cooking) program serves to further the goals outlined in steps six, and nine of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Hardin’s HOME Cooking program is designed to increase families’ access to healthy, affordable, locally-grown food and provide nutrition education to children and residents while promoting healthy food in the community. Hardin experiences food insecurity rates of up to 40% in some areas, and 21% of its children live in poverty – by providing monthly meal preparation classes with a focus on locally-grown, in-season produce, children and their families learn the skills to cook healthy, nourishing meals, support local produce suppliers, and save money by purchasing in-season foods.
Exploration Works, Helena, MT:     Awarded $1,000
       The mini-grant awarded to Exploration Works Science Center’s program serves to further the goals outlined in steps six and eight of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been awarded to increase families’ access to healthy, locally-grown food and provide nutrition education to children and families in the Helena community.  With these funds, Exploration Works plans on expanding the scope of its existing program, Gardening with Nann, increasing operation run-time from 12 weeks to 36 weeks.  The program utilizes the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Grow It, Try It, Like It gardening-themed nutrition education model, which engages preschoolers and their parents by introducing STEM coursework in a hands-on environment that teaches gardening skills and encourages families to try more healthy foods.
Helping Hands Food Bank, Hardin, MT:     Awarded $1,000
       The mini-grant awarded to Hardin Food Bank’s Helping Hands program serves to further the goals outlined in step eight of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been allocated to continue and increase distribution levels to meet the demand for food at the emergency food provider site.  In recent years, 70% or more of the clients at Helping Hands Food Bank include families with children, and their efforts are supported by grants from FEMA, HRDC, and the Margaret V. Ping Foundation, as well as by donations from St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, and Town Pump, which match monies raised up to $10,000 annually during the months of September through November.
Helena Food Share, Helena, MT:     Awarded $1,200
The mini-grant awarded to Hardin Garden serves to further the goals outlined in steps two and six of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been applied to the construction of a Farm Stand, which is designed to expand families’ access to healthy, affordable, locally-grown food and to increase the amount of food provided to children during out of school times.  The Farm Stand will allow volunteer personnel to wash and process food donations as well as produce harvested from the Helena Food Share garden, which will increase the amount of clean, shelf-ready local produce available to those in need.  The Farm Stand will also provide educational opportunities to children and members of the community, who will be able to learn how to grow, prepare, and incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets.
Hardin Garden, Hardin, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Hardin Garden serves to further the goals outlined in step six of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been applied to the construction of a new community garden which increases families’ access to healthy, affordable, locally-grown food.  The garden will be available for community members who otherwise wouldn’t have space or resources of their own, and grant funds are used as startup to provide infrastructure (water, electric, fencing, raised beds) for this new program.  The garden will also serve as a venue for youth involved in 4-H and FFA programs to learn and volunteer while providing fresh, nutritious food to community members at no cost.
Northwood Community, Pablo, MT:     Awarded $850
The mini-grant awarded to Northwood Community serves to further the goals outlined in step six of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been applied to the construction of a new community garden which increases families’ access to healthy, affordable, locally-grown food.  As a manufactured home community, 44 households with approximately 50 children will benefit from free, fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables in an area where fresh produce is often difficult to come by and even harder to afford.  The garden project will also provide a safe place for children to play as well as educational experiences gained through cultivating and harvesting the produce.  This project will be sustained through partnerships with the Salish Kootenai College, NeighborWorks Montana, and a committee of resident-owners and volunteers in the community.
River of Life Ministries, Missoula, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the River of Life Ministries serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been put towards offsetting the operating costs of a food truck that provides meals to children during out-of-school time at two locations in rural areas surrounding Missoula.  This food truck was implemented in order to overcome the location and transportation barriers that prohibit eligible children from taking advantage of summer meal sites currently operating within Missoula’s city limits. The Feed the Need program will use the USDA Summer Food Service Program to offset the costs of providing nutritious meals, and generous donations, grant funds, partnerships through faith-based organizations, and community support will continue to sustain this program.
Ronan Parent Teacher Association, Ronan, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the Ronan Parent Teacher Association serves to further the goals outlined in steps six, eight, and nine of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been put toward an irrigation system for the school garden, which will increase access for families to healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce.  In addition to supplying food for meals prepared in the school’s cafeteria, excess food produced will be donated to the community food pantries, and nutrition education courses will be offered by the FoodCorps member serving in Ronan.  The hybrid school/community garden will be sustained through its partnerships with The Boys and Girls Club, Friends Forever Mentoring, the 4H program, Future Farmers of America, Montana Conservation Corps, MSU Extension, Master Gardeners, and tribal organizations operating in the Flathead region.
Gardiner School District, Gardiner, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Gardiner School District serves to further the goals outlined in steps six, eight, and nine of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been allocated towards the implementation of a school garden and expansion of the greenhouse operations, which will increase families’ access to healthy, locally grown food by producing fresh produce that supplements food services at school.  These programs will also improve the quality of donations to community food pantries and provide valuable nutrition education that will benefit the children and community members who take part in cultivating fresh produce for harvest.
Missouri Meadows, Great Falls, MT:     Awarded $950
The mini-grant awarded to Missouri Meadows serves to further the goals outlined in step six of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds have been applied to the construction of a new community garden which increases families’ access to healthy, affordable, locally-grown food.  As a manufactured home community, thirty-four households of resident-owners have collaborated to turn unused land on the property into a community garden, donating their time and resources.  Assistance provided by grant funds and NeighborWorks Montana supplemented the residents’ contributions, giving them a space to garden, socialize, and produce fresh fruits and vegetables which are made available to children in the community.
Missoula Food Bank, Missoula, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the Missoula Food Bank (AERO) serves to further the goals outlined in step three of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the funds went towards efforts increasing the number of Summer Food Service Programs and participation in those programs.  As a continuation of its ongoing efforts, and through its partnerships with the Missoula Public Library and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation, the Montana Food Bank has increased its operations to ten summer food service sites, expanded to a five-day lunch service and opened their first open feeding supper site.  Additional marketing and outreach efforts have made progress towards increasing participation and food security to at-risk children during the summer months.
AERO, Helena, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) serves to further the goals outlined in step five of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the grant funds helped guarantee that eligible families have access to public food programs by assessing existing participation and existing barriers.  Funds were allocated to support an internship designed to research food access and food sovereignty in Indian Country.  Collecting research and gathering information on Native American reservations will provide AERO with a greater understanding of the current state of food insecurity, and the nature of the unique challenges threatening food sovereignty on reservations throughout Montana.  With the data collected, AERO will be in a more advantageous position to make significant strides in Indian Country, to strengthen local food systems and target their impact to improve the circumstances of those most deeply affected by food insecurity.
Boys and Girls Club of Richland County, Richland County, MT:     Awarded $500
The mini-grant awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County serves to further the goals outlined in steps two, six, and nine of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the grant funds were used to implement a new program to provide meals to children during out-of-school times, establish and maintain a fruit and vegetable garden, and provide nutrition education to at-risk children.  This program will fill the needs of food-insecure youth during the summer months, as there are currently no Summer Food Service Program sites operating nearby.  The summer camp being proposed by the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County will make the Summer Food Service Program an integral part of the camp, sustained by partnerships with the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the MSU Extension Office in Sidney.
MSU Extension, Helena, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to MSU Extension of Lewis & Clark County serves to further the goals outlined in steps six, nine, and ten of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, the grant funds were used to implement a school garden program at Bryant Elementary School, increase access to fresh produce, teach children about dietary needs and nutrition, and provide financial education through the management of a school Farmer’s Market.  Through partnerships with MSU Extension Master Gardeners, Lewis & Clark County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, the Helena YMCA, and Bryant Elementary School Faculty and Staff, the School Garden project is building a network to provide fresh and nutritious food to at-risk children, improve nutrition education, and increase financial literacy.
Sanders County BackPack Program, Sanders County, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Sanders County Backpack Program serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Through a partnership with the Montana Food Bank Network, local school districts, faith-based organizations, and volunteers, the Sanders County Health Department is able to continue its backpack program, providing chronically hungry children with weekend meals throughout the school year, which include shelf stable milk, juice, cereal, fruit cups, and a protein.
Stevensville Primary School, Stevensville, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the Bitterroot Backpack Program serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Stevensville Primary School partnered with the Montana Food Bank, Pantry Partners, the Hamilton Rotary Club, and the Stevensville Parent-Teacher Club to initiate a new backpack program to provide approximately 34 at-risk students with nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals during weekends and school breaks, with distribution beginning in January of 2016.
Laurel BackPack Program, Laurel, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the Laurel Backpack Program serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Grant funds worked to support the mission of Laurel’s BackPack Program, “to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.”  The program initially launched at Laurel Middle School, with the goal of increasing fundraising and support for expansion to the Elementary School in the near future.
Friendship House, Billings, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Friendship House of Christian Service serves to further the goals outlined in steps two, four, five, and ten of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times, provide nutrient rich snack and supper meals in afterschool programs and childcare centers, increase access for families to healthy, affordable, locally-grown food, and increase financial literacy education for families struggling with hunger.  This community development organization used grant funds to expand and update the kitchen used to prepare meals to residents in South Billings, an area identified as a food dessert where children in particular are deeply affected by food insecurity.
2015 Grantees
Lockwood School District, Lockwood, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to the Lockwood School District serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Funds have gone to provide food to students identified as being in need of assistance through a student screening process conducted during the first month of school, and periodically throughout the year.  Backpacks are filled with food by counselors and volunteers who deposit them into students’ lockers during class time prior to weekends and school breaks, a process which is carried out through all 36 weeks of school.
Ft. Benton BackPack Buddies, Ft. Benton, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Ft. Benton BackPack Buddies serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Grant funds were used to supplement donations received from the community to expand the BackPack Buddies program to other areas in Chouteau County.  In partnership with schools, civic, business, faith-based, and other community organizations, the Chouteau County Food Bank’s work identifies children at risk of food insecurity and discreetly provides them with easy-to-prepare, nutritious food to consume during weekends and school breaks.
Family Services, Billings, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Family Services serves to further the goals outlined in step nine of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to build the SNAP-Ed and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) by providing necessary resources to continue cooking classes and incentivize their completion by participants.  The grant was used to fund small appliance give-aways (Crock-Pots, electric skillets, etc.) at the conclusion of these classes, which has proved particularly significant for families that may be trying to cook meals prepared in temporary residences that may not be equipped with full kitchens.
Brother Van, Havre, MT:     Awarded $1,000
       The mini-grant awarded to Brother Van serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Grant funds were used to expand the program, which distributes backpacks containing nutritious food to at-risk children during weekends throughout the summer months, when summer food sites do not operate.  In addition to purchasing and distributing backpacks containing weekend food, Brother Van (working with the Salvation Army, Food Bank, HRDC, Soup Kitchen, and the Ministerial Association in Havre) also maintains a small pantry with emergency resources such as gas and food cards to assist families in the community.
Roundup BackPack Program, Roundup, MT:     Awarded $1,000
The mini-grant awarded to Roundup Backpack Program serves to further the goals outlined in step two of MT PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger.  Specifically, this grant was used to provide meals to students during out-of-school times through the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack program.  Grant funds were able to assist in expanding an existing program in Roundup, supplementing donations from local residents and businesses in order to serve the nutritional needs of approximately 200 students eligible for free- or reduced-price school meals during weekends and school breaks.