News Release – Committed to Combatting Food Insecurity, HRDC Seeks to Raise $1,000 Per Week for 10 Weeks to Help Fund Bozeman’s Only Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant

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February 22, 2023

Contact: Penny Johnson, Communications Manager,, 303-828-8481

Over the past eleven years, HRDC’s Fork & Spoon restaurant has worked to ensure all community members have a warm meal to eat. Today, the significant rise in food costs has placed additional pressure on individual and household budgets making the restaurant’s pay-what-you-can model a solid tool that can be used to help stretch household incomes. HRDC is seeking the community’s participation in raising $10,000 over the course of 10 weeks to help meet the increase in demand at Fork & Spoon. To encourage donor participation, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match every dollar raised up to $10,000.

Photo of a sandwich board just inside of Fork and Spoon. Text on the board reads, Fork & Spoon, Homestyle Kitchen. Open Sunday - Friday, 5-7 pm. Supporters of HRDC and Fork & Spoon realize the direct impact their giving has on others in the community. Forty percent of Fork & Spoon’s annual operating budget comes directly from community donations, and so far, donations to the restaurant sit at just 23 percent of their overall budget with just 4 months remaining in their fiscal year to raise the difference. Andy Galloway, program manager, knows first-hand just how far donations go in helping keep the restaurant open for everyone. “Our social enterprise approach to running a restaurant has been very well received by community members. Without donor support, we would not have been able to serve over 22,000 meals last year, many of which were to those experiencing food insecurity.”

Fork & Spoon operates as a social enterprise in several ways. The pay-what-you-can model generates a nightly income from patrons who are able to pay, which in turn offsets the cost of diners who are only able to make a partial contribution, or in some cases, no contribution toward their meal. Additional revenue is generated through the restaurant’s catering and take-and-bake programs which offer a wide variety of delicious, scratch-made meals. When not in use during Fork & Spoon’s business hours, the dining room space is rented to groups for meetings and events while the kitchen space is rented to small entrepreneurial food-related businesses. All generated income is directly reinvested back into Fork & Spoon operations.

Photo of the dining area of Fork & Spoon. This area has multiple tables and seats. Jill Holder, HRDC’s Food and Nutrition Director, is grateful Fork & Spoon has been able to make a tangible difference in the lives of so many community members, “We believe nobody should ever have togo to bed hungry. If we meet our goal, our spring fundraiser will allow us to continue to serve nutritious, chef-prepared meals to everyone who walks through our door, regardless of how much money they have in their pocket.”

Fork & Spoon is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Nightly dinners can be prepared as take-out orders, and fresh-frozen meals are also available for pick-during these times as well. On Fridays, walk-in service is available from noon to 3:00 pm to pick up to-go meals or something from the take and bake freezer to warm up later.

More information about HRDC’s Fork & Spoon restaurant, can be found here.

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Graphic with the Fork & Spoon logo. Text reads, Fork & Spoon. Good Food Does Good. Program of HRDC.
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Brooke Poole

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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

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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.