Meijer Simply Give
GCFP is proud to announce a partnership with Meijer to provide much-needed hunger relief to local families in Gallatin County through the retailer’s customer-driven food pantry donation program, Simply Give. Each Meijer Simply Give campaign replenishes the shelves of hundreds of pantries, including ours! The program which runs during the spring, fall, and holidays, encourages customers to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards, which are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and provided to our pantry. We encourage you to help us fulfill our mission of alleviating hunger in our community by purchasing a Simply Give food donation card. This program makes it easy to help your community!
Kroger Community Rewards
Simply by signing up with your Kroger Plus card, the Gallatin County Food Pantry will receive a percentage of total sales from anyone that shops at Kroger! If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, please get one. If you have one and haven’t registered it with their Community Rewards program, please take a moment to do so at Kroger.com. Simply click “Community Rewards”, register your card number and choose Gallatin County Food Pantry as your organization of choice (#868000). This creates more buying power for our Food Pantry by you just making your normal purchases. (It does not affect your discounts or fuel point rewards). Please consider this as a great way to support your community! Click here for Kroger Community Rewards
AmazonSmile Program –
If you are an Amazon.com shopper, you can help the Gallatin County Food Pantry with almost every purchase! If you simply change your shopping trip by starting at smile.amazon.com. You will use your same Amazon.com account. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations and do not affect the prices in any way. It’s simply Amazon’s way of helping out in our community by teaming up with you while you are shopping! Please take a moment to add this step before you make purchases on Amazon.com. Every purchase can support your community and help stock the food pantry shelves! Click here for Amazon Smile Program
Food Drive –
Community food drives provide nutritious food as well as raise awareness of hunger issues in our community. Food drives are a great way to get people of every age involved!
Organize a group to host a food drive collecting non-perishable items to stock the shelves at the GCFP. We rely heavily on food donations and any group or organization can host a food drive to benefit the pantry. We suggest contacting us to see if there are specific items that may be running low or let us know if you are planning to accept donations for a particular item to avoid duplication with other groups. Many groups host drives during the holiday season; however, hunger exists year round and we would love it if you would consider a drive during the other seasons.
Raising community awareness is essential to raising the funds needed to keep the GCFP operating and serving those in our community who are in need. Fundraisers provide an infusion of cash that allows us to purchase food in bulk thereby lowering our per person cost and allowing us to purchase more at a lower cost.
If you would like to host a fundraiser, please let us know. Fundraisers are a great way to be involved in your community, and provide necessary funds for our food purchases.
Social Media –
Invite your friends and family to follow us too! Please help us get the word out that we are here to help our neighbors in need and volunteering is a great way to get involved! Join us on Social Media! Our Facebook page keeps up with all current events and opportunities! We are also on Twitter. Click here for our Facebook Page
The Gallatin County Food Pantry is a 100% volunteer organization. Over 200 volunteers are needed throughout the year! If you want to get involved, We Need You! Our many volunteers have donated their time, energy and talents to get us organized, helping with distributions by unpacking, counting, sorting, labeling, bagging, carrying, gathering and picking up donations, moving shelving and equipment, packing boxes, and the list goes on and on. Tirelessly working to help their neighbors in need, the volunteers are rewarded by the knowledge that they have helped provide some relief to those in our community who are struggling today.
Some specific jobs include:
Unpacking, organizing and stocking deliveries and donations;
Cleaning the Pantry before and after each distribution day;
Assisting with distribution day by one of the following positions:
- Personal Shopper
- Cart to Car Delivery
- Produce Sorting and Distribution
- Picking Up Donated Items
- Other positions vary monthly
If you have a group that would like to volunteer or select us as a service project, please contact us so we assist you in finding the perfect project for your group’s abilities and time available. Many student and youth groups as well as teams have joined us for special service days and distributions during special events.
Each volunteer must read and become familiar with the Volunteer Rules, complete an information packet, wear a name tag, fill out the hours in/out in the Volunteer Log and most importantly – Be Flexible and Friendly! (Due to our limited space, we are constantly making adjustments, changes in the plans, etc. to accommodate everyone and everything.)