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Join the March for Meals and show your support for Meals on Wheels, a program of Missoula Aging Services (MAS), during the month-long campaign. The 16th annual nationwide event raises awareness of senior hunger.

In Missoula, March for Meals features a donation drive and other events to benefit the local Meals on Wheels program, which last year served more than 800 older adults and eligible people with disabilities. Recently, in honor of the program, Mayor John Engen declared March as March for Meals month.

Anyone may participate in March for Meals fundraising by picking up a donation form at the MAS office at 337 Stephens Ave. or by texting M4M18 to 71-777. Find more information and download the form on at Following the campaign you’ll be eligible to win prizes awarded to those who collect the most donations and contact the most donors.

Mayor Engen, Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss, members of city council and others will deliver Meals on Wheels in Missoula County on Community Champions Day, Thursday, March 15.

March for Meals is a national campaign initiated by Meals On Wheels America, the only national association and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. Contact MAS at 406-728-7682 for more information about March for Meals.


We’ve all done it — thrown a coin in a fountain and made a silent wish. Chances are you haven’t thought about that coin ever since or considered where it is today. If you’ve tossed a coin in the Wish Fountain at Southgate Mall, you don’t have to wonder what happened to it. Your penny, nickel, dime or quarter is out working for some of the many remarkable nonprofit organizations who make our community a better place.

Coins are collected and saved throughout the year, and then donations are made to a selection of area nonprofit organizations. Selected organizations in the past have often used the funds to create new programs, supplement activities and further fundraising efforts.

All area nonprofit organizations are invited to submit a letter of request for the funds along with an introduction of the organization, its mission and goals. The Southgate Mall Merchants Association Board of Directors will select the recipients out of those submitted. Submissions should be sent to Southgate Mall Office, Attn: Fountain Funds, 2901 Brooks St., Missoula, MT 59801. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 6.


Foundation for Community Health is issuing a call for funding applications in the winter 2018 cycle of their Health Grants Program. The Health Grants Program, made possible by earnings from permanent endowments and limited historical gifts, provides focused charitable support for health-related projects serving western Montana proposed by nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. 

The current grant cycle of the Health Grants program will offer funding in three target areas: Rehabilitation Services, Health Issues Public Education, and Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness. Online or mailed applications and required materials will be accepted until Thursday, March 15, at 3 p.m. Further details on applicant eligibility, funding criteria and amounts, and the application form are available at

Funding awards for the current grant cycle and information regarding future grant cycles will be released in May 2018. More information about the initiatives of Foundation for Community Health can be found online at or by calling 406-926-2522.


Garden City Harvest is now accepting garden plot applications for the 2018 growing season. If you are interested in having your own garden plot, apply by Sunday, March 18, at or call 406-523-3663 for more information.

All skill levels are encouraged to apply. Our gardens are places where longtime growers and newcomers garden together, learn from each other, and share resources. Gardens reduce stress on food budgets, as well as stress on the mind. Community gardening cultivates self-sufficiency, pride and the taste of a homegrown tomato.

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Individuals can rent a plot within the community garden to grow their own vegetables, fruits and herbs to feed themselves, family or friends. 

Each of our community gardens follows sustainable gardening practices and provides participants with a 15-by-15-foot plot, tools, water, compost, straw, common space, a few starts and seeds, and the knowledge and guidance of garden leaders. The cost is a $40 plot fee, plus a $20 refundable deposit.

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