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Food Bank needs donations

July 15, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder

"Hunger Never Takes a Vacation" is the theme of the Seeley Swan Community Food Bank's Fourth of July Donation Drive. Money cans will be available at stores in the Seeley Swan area from July 1st through July 15th. Food donations may be taken to the Food Bank on any Tuesday afternoon.

The goal of the drive is to replenish the Community Food Bank shelves and raise money to purchase food through the Montana Food Bank Network for the next six months. Being a member of the Montana Network enables the local Food Bank to purchase food at 14 to 26 cents a pound. It also means the Food Bank can participate in the federal commodity programs.

Since opening its doors in February, the Food Bank has provided emergency food baskets to more than 31 households.

"Last year, the Missoula Food Bank served 105 people from the Seeley Swan area," said Lynn Groves, Co-Volunteer Coordinator. "In just four months the local food bank has provided food to 117 people, 62 adults and 55 children."

According to Pat Hartman, Co-Volunteer Coordinator, the program is successful because of the generosity of local residents who donate money, food and time to the Food Bank.

Four thousand pounds of food have been donated or bought by the Food Bank to meet emergency needs. Almost 3,000 pounds of food have been distributed in the Seeley Swan communities.

"Hundreds of hours of volunteer time have been donated to the Food Bank," said Mrs. Hartman. "In May alone, people volunteered more than 60 hours to operate the Bank.

The Community Food Bank is located at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. Volunteers open the Food Bank every Tuesday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the Food Bank, or for emergency food needs, stop at the Food Bank or call its phone number, 677-5025. A volunteer checks the voice mail daily.

Donations may also be mailed to the Seeley Swan Community Food Bank, PO Box 1344, Seeley Lake MT 59868. Donations are tax deductible.

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