The Missoula Food Bank is looking for a final push of donations to help it reach its goals during the last week of its largest fundraiser of the year.
As of Friday, the Missoula Food Bank has brought in $157,195 and just over 39,000 pounds of food for the Holiday Drive. For its 32nd year of the drive, the organization slightly upped its goals, seeking to raise $225,000 and 55,000 pounds of food by the end of the month.
This is the food bank’s first year in its new, expanded location on Wyoming Street. The organization’s staff say that since relocating they have seen a dramatic increase in use, serving on average 2,000 more people each month compared to previous years. They attribute the rise to more people who have always been in need making use of the new facility and its services, not necessarily new demand.
Jessica Allred, director of development and advocacy for the food bank said this year, they have seen more first-time families using the food bank than ever before.
The food bank’s emergency food pantry serves one in 6 people in Missoula County, and the organization also provides after-school, weekend and summer meals to children facing homelessness and poverty.
Every month, the Missoula Food Bank delivers a supply of groceries to more than 500 homebound seniors.
Anyone seeking to donate can visit missoulafoodbank.org, mail or drop off donations at the food bank’s location at 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula, MT 59801. Food donations can also be dropped off at all Missoula fire stations and at the Missoulian office.