Jan 4, 2013 10:16 AM by Dan Cimmino - KPAX News
MISSOULA - The Missoula Food Bank is now keeping their doors open longer to help feed the hungry in Western Montana.
The food bank, located at 219 South Third Street West in Missoula, will be open for a third evening from now through March.
They will be open on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., in addition to the Monday and Tuesday evenings.
The food bank hopes to increase access to those who aren't using the service, in addition to making themselves more convenient.
Because of the growing demand in the area, the Missoula food bank is taking the responsibility upon themselves to be more readily available.
"We are the primary resource for emergency food assistance, and over the last several years we've seen an increase in the need for emergency food assistance here locally," explained the food bank's Jessica Allred.
"As the face of food and security becomes more dynamic and redefines itself, it's our job in our community to respond to that so that's why we're opening up for that third evening shift," she added.
Allred went on to say that the 50,000 pounds of food and funds generated during the holiday drive is what's initially sustaining the inaugural shift.