The Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $750,000 in contributions during its 18th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Butte Emergency Food Bank and the Butte Rescue Mission.
A record-setting 85 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised about $33 million for Montana food banks in 17 years, including about $6.25 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. Organizers of the campaign, which runs through Nov. 30, hope to raise over $3 million for the food banks this year, according to a news release.
Locally, the foundation is matching up to $40,000 each in donations to both food banks for a community total of $80,000.
The money is frequently used to purchase perishable food items such as milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. Also, the funds are becoming more crucial in helping many food bank organizations simply stay open through payment of rent, utilities, and space for storage, refrigeration and freezing.
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“The Butte Emergency Food Bank is very grateful for the support of the Town Pump Foundation,” said Kathy Griffith, director of the food bank. “Through their support, we are able to continue our mission of feeding those who are hungry in our community. We rely on this campaign to be able to purchase food items for our clients; with this support we can provide monthly food boxes,” she said.
“Unfortunately, more and more Montana families don’t have enough to eat,” said Bill McGladdery, of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. “Please join Town Pump and our dedicated food bank partners in making a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors by donating today at our businesses or directly to the food banks.”
Donations are being collected at Butte Town Pumps, Flying J’s, Lucky Lil’s and Magic Diamond casinos, and the Comfort Inn.
Donations also can be sent directly to Butte Food Bank, 1019 E. Second; or the Butte Rescue Mission, www.butterescuemission.org.