HELENA — Improving access to nutritious food is one of the many ways Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) supports communities throughout the state, and to advance those efforts, it is donating $43,000 to the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) through its holiday giving program.
“The Montana Food Bank Network is playing a critical role in providing food security to communities all across the state,” said John Doran, Divisional Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff at BCBSMT. “With the pandemic and the holidays, access to food is more important now than ever.”
As Montana’s only statewide food bank, MFBN has developed several programs in concert with organizations like Feeding America — another partner of BCBSMT’s — to address the unique challenges of accessing food in Montana. With a $1 donation, MFBN is able to provide enough food for three wholesome meals through partnerships with local and national food manufacturers, agriculturists, and other food manufacturers.
This donation is in addition to the nearly $1.7 million BCBSMT has donated in 2020 to support Montana organizations through its COVID relief efforts, Healthy Kids, Healthy FamiliesSM program and additional community investments targeted at nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention.
Visit the Montana Food Bank Network online to learn more.