Posted: Oct 8, 2012 3:43 PM by Irina Cates - KPAX News
Updated: Oct 8, 2012 8:00 PM
MISSOULA- The Montana Food Bank Network officials says more senior citizens are looking for help with food this year than ever before.
The holiday season is also quickly approaching, which means children will be home from school and some families who are already hard pressed for food will need even more of it.
Food Bank Network volunteer coordinator Katie Lane said it's not just Missoulians in need, "But in communities across the state, and we're very grateful for the help that people provide," says the Montana Food Bank Network Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Lane.
Kathryn McCleerey, the food bank's chief development officer, said they're seeing more seniors coming in to food banks, but they're not sure why.
The Montana Food Bank sends truckloads every week to supply about 200 partner agencies across the state.
"Always need peanut butter, canned meat, proteins, pasta's great, any of the canned vegetables, canned fruit-anything that's shelf-stable is much appreciated. Of course, one dollar provides enough food for seven meals and so we also appreciate those donations," McCleerey said.
The Montana Food Bank Network cannot do its work without its volunteers who spend time repackaging food that will go out to communities all around state.
The Lady Griz basketball team will be helping the Montana Food Bank repackage food Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Click here to learn how to donate, or watch for the food donation bins at many local grocery stores.