Healthy KidsPack

Support the health and nutrition of kids.

Our Healthy KidsPack strives to alleviate childhood hunger by providing nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods to area students in grades K through 12 every Friday for them to eat during the weekend. Providing this resource ensures that all kids, regardless of income level, have access to well-balanced weekend nutrition during the school year. 

  • Balanced meal packs for kids to eat over the weekend.
  • Delivered every Friday.

“There are children that take care of themselves. Their parents are never home, either because they are working, looking for work, or just neglectful. I would see these children come to school on Monday mornings, dirty and starving, for both food and attention. Here at school, we can try our best to give the kids the attention and food they need, but only when they are here. When the food in your KidsPack program started, these children were looking forward to weekends, whereas before they dreaded Fridays because they knew there wasn’t going to be a good meal again until Monday.” – School Secretary on the impact of KidsPack

The impact of healthy, supported kids.
Our Healthy KidsPack Program reaches as many as 400 children each week in 31 schools throughout Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin Counties. There are multiple benefits for participating student’s well-being, including:

  • Better relationships with school staff and/or other students,
  • Feeling more secure,
  • More interest and investment in school,
  • Fewer behavioral problems due to increased nutritional health.

Because the educational environment improves as behavioral problems within a classroom community declines, many of these benefits could be affecting all the students in the classroom and not just the children participating in the program.

To sign up or learn more, talk to your school’s front office, or head to our Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s website to learn more about Healthy Kidspack and other childhood nutrition services.

Location

Gallatin Valley Food Bank
602 Bond St
Bozeman, MT 59715

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Lyra Leigh-Nedbor 
p: 406.586.7600
f: 406.585.5597
kidspack@thehrdc.org

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Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.