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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation announces $307,500 donation

Posted at 12:33 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 12:26:14-05

MISSOULA — The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has selected 96 food banks, food pantries, rescue missions, homeless shelters, United Way and Salvation Army organizations across Montana to receive a combined $307,500 in additional grant funds to aid them in helping Montana’s most vulnerable citizens during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foundation’s special Holiday Giving Program is also designed to give an extra boost to basic needs organizations around the holiday season, according to a news release.

“Virtually all basic needs organizations continue to struggle to meet the growing demand for their services, and with the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to increase statewide, these additional funds will hopefully help address shortages of food, shelter and other basic needs,” Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan said.

“Our goal with this donation is to get badly needed resources into the hands of the staff and volunteers of these critically important organizations, especially now with the winter months approaching.”

Statistics show that 1-in-9 people in Montana struggle with hunger and 1-in-6 Montana children live in homes that face food insecurity.