The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

Town pump matching funds to food banks


October 24, 2018

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $750,000 in contributions during its 17th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including Whitehall Area Food Pantry and Jeffco Food Share in Boulder.

A record-setting 84 food banks are participating in the statewide "Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need" campaign this year. The campaign has raised about $30 million for Montana food banks in 16 years, including about $5.5 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.

Locally, the Foundation is matching up to $5,000 each on behalf of Whitehall Area Food Pantry and Jeffco Food Share.

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.

"As the 'Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need' campaign continues to grow, so does our admiration for our food bank partners across the state," said Mike Kenneally, of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. "The efforts of local food banks and the thousands of amazing Montanans who donate to the campaign each year make a real difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors."

Donations for the campaign are being collected at local Town Pumps and Lucky Lil's. Donations also can be sent directly to the Jeffco Food Share, P.O. Box 244, 59632; and the Whitehall Area Food Pantry, P.O. Box 266, 59759.


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