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Town Pump offers matching funds for food banks

| November 23, 2022 12:00 AM

As Montana’s food banks deal with record demand in the wake of soaring food costs and other everyday expenses, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $1 million to help raise $4 million during its annual fundraising campaign for food banks, including Kalispell’s Flathead Food Bank and Northwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry.

Over 100 food banks statewide are participating this year in the “Be A Friend in Deed” campaign, which began in 2001. The campaign has raised over $44 million for Montana food banks in 20 years, including about $9 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. Organizers of the campaign, which runs through Nov. 30, hope to raise $4 million for the food banks this year.

Locally, the Foundation is matching up to $35,000 for Flathead Food Bank and $12,500 for Northwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry for a community total of $47,500. All funds raised in Kalispell stay in the community.

The money is frequently used to purchase perishable food items such as milk, bread, fruit, and vegetables. Also, the funds are becoming crucial in helping many food bank organizations simply stay open through payment of rent, utilities, space for storage, refrigeration and freezing.

“Rising costs of groceries and other household items is pushing more families than ever before to our local food banks,” said Bill McGladdery of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. “Please join Town Pump and our dedicated food bank partners in making a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors by donating today at our businesses or directly to the food banks. Food insecurity can happen to anyone.”

Donations for the campaign are being collected at Kalispell Town Pumps, Lucky Lil’s,

Montana Lil’s, Lucky Logger and Magic Diamond casinos. Donations can also be made directly to the Flathead Food Bank, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Suite 2, Kalispell, MT 59901; and to the Northwest Montana Veterans Stand Down and Food Pantry, 1349 U.S 2 E., Kalispell, MT 59901.