Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

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Missoula, MT   |
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Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

EIN: 81-0414143


Missoula Food Bank & Community Center's mission is to lead the movement to end hunger through activism, volunteerism and healthy food for all. Our Values: We respect and treat every person with dignity, empathy and equity. We believe that access to nutritious food is a basic right of every person. We respect the concept of client choice in the selection of available food. We provide compassionate service that is proactive, innovative, and collaborative. We believe that we must be excellent stewards of our resources. We act with openness, integrity and accountability. We actively advocate for solutions to hunger.

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Executive Director

Amy Allison Thompson

Main address

1720 Wyoming Street

Missoula, MT 59801 USA

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Subject area info

Food aid

Population served info

Children and youth



Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Missoula Food Bank - Store/Emergency Food Pantry

Our storefront is located at our physical address, 1720 Wyoming Street, Missoula, MT 59801. For many of our customers, asking for help isn't easy. Our staff and volunteers strive each day to create a welcoming environment free of judgement and stigma, where anyone in need might access food simply, free of charge, and confidentially.

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center's store is open Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday from 10 am - 7 pm. And Wednesday and Friday from 10 am - 1 pm.

Families and individuals can visit our store as often as they need to for a 3-5 day supply of food. In 2021, we helped 1 in 4 people in Missoula County with basic food needs through our emergency food pantry service with a total of 118,123 store services to 36,343 individuals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

On the second Thursday of each month, our volunteers knock on the doors of more than 500 local seniors to deliver staple grocery items and supplementary fruits and vegetables through our ROOTS program. For many of our neighbors aging in poverty, the friendly face and wellness check are as needed as the supply of healthy food. We also help ROOTS clients with applications to SNAP and other social safety net programs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center's Kids Table program is helping to address the issue local childhood hunger by providing nutritious meals and snacks to kids in our community during the summer months. Through partnerships with programs which provide summertime opportunities to low-income children, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center is able to offer needed nutrition to kids who may otherwise go without. In 2021 over 55,000 meals were served to kids participating in this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The mission of Food Circle is to safely collect excess prepared and perishable food from restaurants, caterers, delis, and other food service operations. Once recovered, this food is distributed through our store, to people in need and to non-profit agencies that serve children, families, the homeless, and senior citizens.
Prepared food is accepted from commercial food establishments only. Using sanitized containers, excess prepared food is collected at donor establishments by a driver trained in safe food handling. Donated food is briefly stored in our walk-in cooler until it is repacked into single serving meals. Meals are labeled and dated and immediately frozen for distribution.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2021, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center added 3 new satellite locations, Lowell Elementary school, Bonner and Clinton. Our satellite locations provided 1871 grocery services to the outlaying communities.

Location: Lolo Community Hall, 12345 US 93, Lolo, MT 59847
Food distribution schedule: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 5p-7

Location: Potomac Greenough Community Center 29827 Potomac, MT
Food Distribution schedule: Last two Sunday's of the month 5p-7

Location: Clinton School Annex, 20359 E Mullan Road, Clinton, MT 59825
Food Distribution Schedule: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Location: Bonner, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 8985 MT Hwy 200, Bonner, MT 59823
Food Distribution Schedule: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Location: Lowell Elementary School, 1215 Phillips St, Missoula, MT 59802
Food Distribution Schedule: Wednesday's from 3 - 5:30 pm.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Older adults
Young adults
Children and youth

EmPower Pack is Missoula Food Bank’s way of sending food home with children in our community so they have enough to eat each weekend. Local area school administration help us to identify children who are exhibiting signs of food insecurity, so we can ensure they are given a pack of food each week. The program provides about 850 food packages each week to 23 preschool, elementary, middle & high schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Each day afterschool, Missoula Food Bank provides health meals to kids who may not be going home to dinner on the table. This five component "super snack" helps increase participation in after-school enrichment activities, reduces bullying behaviors in these important hours, and ensures that every child has three meals each day. Every meal includes fresh, diverse foods helping to build healthy eating habits. In 2021, 80,673 after school meals and snacks were provide to children participating in after-school programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In the Bill & Rosemary Gallagher Learning Kitchen, Missoula Food Bank offers free cooking classes to help connect families with skills and know-how for healthy, low cost meal preparation and food preservation. All classes in this space are accessible and incorporate food from our store. We are also able to partner with other service providers in this space for workshops and other educational opportunities for our customers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

A collective impact effort by Missoula Food Bank, Missoula Public Library and spectrUM Discovery Area, Empower Place is a dynamic learning center dedicated to nourishing the bodies and minds of Missoula's children and families. The space offers science education and exhibits, literacy programming and library services, role model engagement and pathways to higher education, and healthy food all under one roof. EMPower Place is powered in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people aged 65+ receiving home care

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ROOTS - Recognizing Other Opportunities to Serve

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Missoula Food Bank & Community Center is to end food insecurity in our community by confronting the systemic causes of hunger. While accomplishing that goal we provide much needed emergency food supplies to our neighbors in need.

1. Understand the scope of barrier within the existing process of utilizing safety net benefits.
2. Understand and prioritize local food sourcing.
3. Flatten the power structure by prioritizing resource connection as a tool to address upstream issues of hunger.
4. Use our political capital to give power/voice to people experiencing food insecurity at the decision-making level.

With the assistance of our Board of Directors, our dynamic staff, and community partners we are in a unique position to accomplish our goals. Working with agricultural organizations, we can promote local food sourcing. Work with human rights advocates we can make progress on flattening power structures and on changing the punitive nature of social safety net programs.

MFB&CC has defined goals for each of the strategic items and the staff, partners, and board members who can best assist in accomplishing those goals.

Public meetings have been conducted where appropriate to identify further collaborations.


Missoula Food Bank & Community Center
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 Missoula Food Bank & Community Center 2021 Missoula Food Bank & Community Center
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.27 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Missoula Food Bank & Community Center’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $254,518 $824,643 $2,205,693 $111,479 $229,240
As % of expenses 4.8% 15.0% 36.0% 2.0% 3.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $233,500 $805,394 $2,169,723 $55,459 $155,344
As % of expenses 4.3% 14.6% 35.2% 1.0% 2.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,461,373 $7,020,465 $6,823,957 $5,757,205 $6,084,451
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.5% 28.5% -2.8% -15.6% 5.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.7% 1.0% 1.0% 1.4% 1.7%
Government grants 16.7% 25.9% 34.6% 25.3% 19.0%
All other grants and contributions 83.1% 74.3% 66.4% 79.7% 79.6%
Other revenue -1.6% -1.3% -2.0% -6.3% -0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $5,357,929 $5,496,616 $6,123,021 $5,695,407 $6,335,610
Total expenses, % change over prior year 16.7% 2.6% 11.4% -7.0% 11.2%
Personnel 14.4% 17.4% 17.4% 22.0% 19.4%
Professional fees 0.9% 1.0% 2.3% 1.3% 1.4%
Occupancy 1.0% 1.8% 1.6% 1.8% 1.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 79.5% 75.5% 74.4% 69.8% 72.6%
All other expenses 4.1% 4.4% 4.3% 5.1% 4.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $5,378,947 $5,515,865 $6,158,991 $5,751,427 $6,409,506
One month of savings $446,494 $458,051 $510,252 $474,617 $527,968
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $108,541 $674,054 $297,675 $169,296 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $5,933,982 $6,647,970 $6,966,918 $6,395,340 $6,937,474

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.2 2.7 3.0 2.2 1.2
Months of cash and investments 4.4 6.2 7.8 8.6 7.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.4 14.3 16.6 17.7 16.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $534,308 $1,217,271 $1,537,444 $1,028,598 $616,127
Investments $1,436,014 $1,618,348 $2,466,428 $3,034,936 $3,539,024
Receivables $4,807,060 $4,936,468 $4,591,278 $4,618,416 $4,640,989
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $294,080 $968,134 $1,265,809 $1,430,205 $1,435,665
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 33.5% 12.2% 12.1% 14.3% 19.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.1% 2.6% 1.6% 2.5% 1.9%
Unrestricted net assets $6,592,664 $7,398,058 $9,567,781 $9,623,240 $9,778,584
Temporarily restricted net assets $653,640 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $110,238 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $763,878 $1,617,373 $536,797 $546,423 $569,830
Total net assets $7,356,542 $9,015,431 $10,104,578 $10,169,663 $10,348,414

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Amy Allison Thompson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

Board of directors
as of 01/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Ashley Ostheimer Hilliard

Partnership Health Care

Term: 2019 -

Board co-chair

Slaven Lee

Missoula Public Library

Term: 2022 -

Lisa Coon

Hannah Santa Cruz

Kristina King

Stephanie Wright

Jessica Miller

Dacia Griego

Mike Bryan

Karen Lacey

Eric Schweitzer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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