The Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee has donated $6,000 to the Montana Food Bank Network.  This is the 11th year the group has presented a check to the MFBN, although usually the donation is from proceeds raised during the Hoofin’ it for Hunger race held every October at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research station in Miles City.

“Due to concerns about the pandemic, our committee made the tough decision to cancel the race this year. However, our entire committee felt strongly about continuing our efforts to help Montana Food Bank Network, so instead we solicited donations,” said MFBF YF&R Chair J.M. Peck.

Several county Farm Bureaus donated generously and some sponsors continued their support. In a year where more people than ever are experiencing hunger and the demands on food banks are elevated, it was especially critical to keep money coming to the MFBN which serves as a distribution center for food banks and food pantries statewide.

“The Montana Food Bank Network is grateful for the support and partnership with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the Young Farmers and Ranchers over the last 11 years,” said MFBN’s Chief Development Officer Bill Mathews.

“The Hoofin’ it for Hunger event has created awareness for hunger relief throughout our state and has raised over $62,000 including this year’s donation. That amount has provided more than 186,000 meals to those in need. A big statewide thank you to the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and Montana Farm Bureau from the Montana Food Bank Network.”