Grant to help North Valley Food Bank with safer food storage and distribution


A $10,000 Roundup for Safety grant will help the North Valley Food Bank (NVFB) remodel its warehouse facilities for safer food storage, distribution and access. A safety evaluation determined that more refrigeration with easier access was needed because demand for services has risen by 60% since April and currently, over 250,000 pounds of food a year must be manually carried into the freezers. Staff and volunteers serve 950 individuals in any given month.                                                                                              

In addition to the NVFB grantFlathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the December meeting to $65,566: 

Friends of the Flathead Snowmobile Assoc.- $7,500 for Level 1 avalanche training;  

Columbia Falls Firefighters, Inc. $8,066 for self-contained breathing apparatus; 

Hungry Horse Volunteer Fire Dept.– $10,000 for bunker/turnout gear; 

Senior Mobile Home Repair Program – $10,000 for mobile home repairs for seniors; 

Columbia Falls Baseball, Inc. – $10,000 for fencing and top fence guards, and  

Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts – $10,000 for installation of overhead lighting.                                                                                                                        

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit