With demand for food bank services continuing to surge in Montana as the pandemic wears on, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $1 million in contributions during its 20th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, those in Browning, Cut Bank and Shelby.

Over 100 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised over $40 million for Montana food banks in 19 years, including about $8 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation.

Organizers of the campaign, which runs through Nov. 30, hope to raise $5 million for the food banks this year. Locally, the Foundation is matching:

• Up to $9,000 on behalf of the Harvest Food Pantry in Cut Bank, an increase of $1,500 over last year.

•Up to $9,000 on behalf of the Sagebrush Food Pantry in Shelby, an increase of $2,000 over last year.

•Up to $12,000 in donations on behalf of the Nurturing Center and Blackfeet Food Pantry in Browning, which is $2,000 more than last year.

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.

“The good work of Montana’s local food banks is especially vital in the ongoing pandemic,” 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 can be made at local Town Pumps, Lucky Lil’s and Montana Lil’s, Comfort Inn, or they can be made directly to:

•Harvest Food Pantry at 230 7th Ave. SE, Cut Bank, MT 59427;

•Sagebrush Food Pantry at P.O. Box 393, Shelby, MT 59474;

•Nurturing Center, P.O. Box 3010 or Blackfeet Food Pantry, 304 Medicine Bull, Browning, MT 59417.

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