The Park County community has donated an amazing range of items that will be auctioned online from Friday November 27 until Monday December 7.
Everything from home-made pies and custom cakes to a quarter bison from North Bridger Bison and a guitar donated and signed by Jeff Bridges will be on offer. All proceeds will go to fund the Livingston Food Pantry of Park County and other programs at the Livingston Food Resource Center.
What’s in the auction?
You can preview all the items in easy-to-find categories on the auction website at lfrc.betterworld.org/auctions/delicious-auction. Look in the “Friends & neighbors” section to find delicious home-made foods made by people you know. Check out the restaurant section to get a great deal on gift cards, and browse through local business donations, decorative items, and things for the kitchen. Need some spicy Southern cooking this winter? Check out the “Books” category to find Lucy Buffett’s signed cookbooks and bag of goodies. Want an online pasta-making lesson or a dinner for 12 in New York City? Go to “Things to do!” Start bidding on November 27, follow the fun online, and share your bids to encourage your friends to do the same.
Jeff Bridges’ guitar
You may be wondering what a guitar is doing in a food-themed auction, unless you know that Jeff Bridges, who has had a home in Park County for decades, is the national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign. For almost 40 years, Bridges has been at the forefront of efforts to end child hunger around the world and in the USA. And as well as being an Oscar-winning actor, Bridges is a musician with his own range of bespoke guitars. For the auction, Bridges is donating his signature guitar, which will be inscribed by him to the winning bidder. Developed with Oregon guitar makers Breedlove, this stunning, rich-sounding instrument was handcrafted in the USA entirely from sustainable woods and features Bridges’ “All in this Together” motto inlaid across its fretboard.
Tackling hunger and poverty in Park County
Jeff Bridges is a loyal longtime supporter of the Livingston Food Resource Center (LFRC) with good reason. He knows that the Center is much more than just a food pantry. With a mission to tackle hunger and poverty in Park County, LFRC works toward its goals with a range of programs. The Center produces senior meals and kids’ summer lunches and grows fresh produce. Its community kitchen makes nutritious food for pantry customers, but also is open to food entrepreneurs and apprentice cooks. The bakery donates bread to food pantries around Montana, but also sells fabulous pastries and artisan loaves to Park County residents to help subsidize its programs.
LFRC director Michael McCormick predicts the auction will be a safe and entertaining way for community members to engage with each other while they give. “With this online auction, everyone can help their Park County neighbors without leaving home,” he said.