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The Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $750,000 in contributions during its 18th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Harvest Food Pantry in Cut Bank.

A record-setting 85 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised about $33 million for Montana food banks in 17 years, including about $6.25 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 $7,500 on behalf of the Harvest Food Pantry. All funds raised in Cut Bank will remain in the community.

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.

“On behalf of the Harvest Food Pantry and the hungry in our community, I thank the Town Pump Charitable Foundation for the partnership we have,” said June Duncan, of the Harvest Food Pantry. “The matching funds campaign continues to be our best fundraiser of each year. With this matching grant, we can continue providing food to those who need the help.”

“Unfortunately, more and more Montana families don’t have enough to eat,” 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 for the campaign are being collected at the local Town Pump, Lucky Lil’s and Montana Lil’s. Donations also can be sent directly to Harvest Food Pantry, 230 7th Ave. SE, Cut Bank, MT 59427.

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