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The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has selected 97 food banks, food pantries, rescue missions, homeless shelters, United Ways, and Salvation Army organizations across Montana to receive a combined $313,500 in additional grant funds to aid them in helping Montana’s most vulnerable citizens during the continuing pandemic.

Area food pantries receiving grants include:

•Glacier County: Blackfeet Food Pantry and Fast Blackfeet Food Center in Browning; and Harvest Food Pantry in Cut Bank.

•Pondera County: Pondera Food Pantry in Conrad.

•Toole County: Sagebrush Food Pantry in Shelby.

The Foundation’s special Holiday Giving Program is in addition to other grants that are awarded annually to these basic needs organizations and is intended to provide the resources they need to ensure that individuals and families have nutritious food during the Holiday season.

“Virtually all basic needs organizations continue to struggle to meet the growing demand for their services, and with the number of COVID-19 and Delta Variant cases continuing to increase statewide, these additional funds will hopefully help address shortages of food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs,” Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan said. “Our goal with this donation is to get badly needed resources into the hands of the staff and volunteers of these critically important organizations, especially now with the winter months approaching.”

In Montana, one in 10 people struggle with hunger and one in six Montana children live in homes that face food insecurity, putting them at risk of hunger. Good nutrition, particularly in the early years of life, is important for establishing a solid foundation that affects a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity.

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