Heartfelt thanks from the Absarokee Area Food Bank

Thursday, January 16, 2020

A few Decembers ago, Project Hope’s pantry shelves were overflowing. What a great problem to have! But it was still a problem for Gary Race, who had collected a lot of food donations at the Community Congregational Church of Absarokee.

Gary brought the food back to Absarokee and proceeded to share it with some folks in the Absarokee, Fishtail, and Nye area who aren’t able to get to Project Hope in Columbus very easily.

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty,” said Winston Churchill.

The Absarokee Area Food Bank was born out of that sense of opportunity. Here was a chance to take the great work Project Hope does and extend that generosity and commitment to community to those in our county who live further away from Columbus or who have limited transportation.

Many churches and organizations collect food donations on the first Sunday of every month. A number of businesses host food collection boxes. Our volunteer team picks up food from all of those collection spots and brings it back to our home base at the Community Congregational Church of Absarokee.

We also use donated funds to supplement the boxes of shelf-stable food with eggs, milk, cheese, and meat, as well as household items like soap and paper goods.

Our volunteers assemble boxes of food and deliver them to those in our community who could use some additional support.

We operate on an honor system, meaning that we don’t collect financial information from our recipients, but we trust them to let us know when they’ve gotten back on their feet and no longer need monthly food boxes.

We believe that this is part of what makes our community great: neighbors reach out to help neighbors when there is a need.

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors, we delivered 15,049 pounds of food to neighbors in the Absarokee/Fishtail/Nye area during 2019.

That’s seven and a half tons! None of that would have been possible without the incredible generosity of over 25 businesses and organizations that donated funds, plus our area churches and businesses and countless families and individuals.

The Absarokee Area Food Bank would like to say a heartfelt “Thank you!” to everyone in Stillwater County who makes this good work possible!

Meg Hatch

On behalf of the Absarokee Area Food Bank