Town Pump hoping to raise $3 million for food banks statewide

Now in its 15th year, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise over $3 million in its annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Central Montana Community Cupboard in Lewistown.

A record 79 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised over $23 million for food banks statewide in 14 years, including about $4 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. As part of this year’s campaign, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation will match up to $500,000 in contributions to participating Montana food banks made now through Nov. 30.

The Foundation will match up to $5,000 on behalf of the Central Montana Community Cupboard. All funds raised in Lewistown will remain in the community.

The money is often 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 Town Pump fundraising campaign is very important to the Community Cupboard,” said Lynne Contway, of the Community Cupboard, “as we do have to purchase food items and meat for the cupboard when we run low. We also pay rent and utilities for the cupboard.”

The Community Cupboard serves about 130 families a month, including about 400 men, women and children, in a four-county area – Fergus, Petroleum, Judith Basin and Musselshell.

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation has been assisting the state’s food banks with their vital service since 2002.

“Thank you to our food bank partners across the state and to everyone who has made the ‘Be A Friend in Deed, Help Those in Need’ campaign such a great success over the years,” said Maureen Kenneally, of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. “The inspiring effort by so many is making a real difference in the lives or our hungry neighbors.”

Donations for the campaign are being collected at the Lewistown Town Pumps, Lucky Lil’s and Magic Diamond casinos. Donations also can be sent directly to Community Cupboard, 5833 Maiden Road, in Lewistown, 59457.

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