How state budget cuts gut public aid infrastructure in Montana’s rural counties. When Bill Kaye says the staff and volunteers of the Livingston Food Resource Center saved his life, he isn’t speaking metaphorically. Last year, Kaye, a 61-year-old Livingston resident of 13 years, lost consciousness in the center’s food pantry. “He went down — he was out cold,” Executive Director Michael McCormick recalled. Someone among the organization’s four employees and three dozen volunteers called 9-1-1.