MISSOULA – The Missoula Food Bank and Community Center’s December food drive is still underway and executive director Aaron Broc, says community response has been great.
This year’s food drive goals are to collect $250,000 and 55,000 pounds of food for the month.
Brock says December is an exceptionally important month for the food bank, as it sets the tone for the coming year. Much of the money collected will be used in the upcoming year and as alway financial and food donations are welcome.
Brock says that there is more of a push for financial donations this year because a dollar in their hand goes farther.
“We’re prioritizing more dollars than we did in years past, and that’s because we can buy more peanut butter for a dollar than you can,” Brock said.
“We buy in bulk, and so your gift of 100-dollars stretches here, we’re able to buy more food with it than you could if you took $100 to a local grocery store,” he added.
There’s still plenty of time to drop off your non-perishable food item or cash donation to any Missoula-area First Security Bank location or Glacier Bank branch in the Flathead.
Close to 1-in-8 Montanans struggle with hunger and that means many of our friends and neighbors won’t enjoy a holiday meal.
-Russ Thomas reporting for MTN News