Kalispell Salvation Army holds virtual food drive

Posted at 5:23 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 00:45:41-04

KALISPELL — Kalispell Salvation Army was unable to do their traditional food bank drive because of the coronavirus, so they are holding a virtual drive to raise money for those in need.

Captain Julie Feist says a traditional food drive would go against some coronavirus protocol.

"You set up a location where people can come and bring boxes of canned food and non-perishable items and you drop them off and you have an exchange," she said. "And because of COVID-19 that's just not possible."

She explained that since coronavirus the need for their services have increased.

"We are using more food than we have, we've seen a 20 percent increase," said Feist. "So, we need to keep replenishing that in order to keep up with the need."

So, instead of a traditional food drive, they've set up a virtual food drive, where people can donate money online that goes directly to purchasing food. Feist said that the money donated allows the Salvation Army to purchase more items in bulk which stretches the donor's dollar.

Not only does the Salvation Army provide food, but Major Larry Feist says they have other basic resources for those that don't have access to them.

"We have a shower where a person can come and take a shower during the day. During the COVID, we're obviously allowing one person at a time in," he said.

Julie Feist explained how a simple thing like a shower can change someone's day.

"I think it's really important for people to have that dignity of being able to freshen up and be clean," she said.

If you are in any resources you can see them at 110 Bountiful Dr. in Kalispell. If you would like to donate to the virtual food drive, visit their website.