Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these five from Montana:
Grow Montana is a statewide policy coalition that promotes changes which increase access to locally-grown food. The organization’s policy goals include improving food safety regulations and developing Farm-to-School programs.
Helena Community Gardens builds gardens around Helena, MT and provides access to inexpensive, nutritious food. They envision a city in which all residents are within walking distance of a community garden and have access to fresh, locally grown food.
Montana Farm to Restaurant Connection is a Western Sustainability Exchange program that endorses local food production by connecting Montana restaurants with Montana-grown products. This program promotes both local restaurants and Montana producers that use sustainable agricultural practices.
Montana Food Bank Network seeks to end hunger throughout the state of Montana by distributing emergency food through a network of almost 200 partner agencies, bringing eight million pounds of food per year to the state’s hungry.
Montana Sustainable Growers Union is a coalition of small farmers based in and around Missoula, MT who market their products across the state. They see the relationship between growers and consumers as vital to both communities and the local market, and seek to educate consumers on the benefits of buying local produce.