Town Pump sets goal of $3 million for food banks statewide

 

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise over $3 million in its 16th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Central Montana Community Cupboard in Lewistown.

About 80 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised over $26 million for food banks statewide in 15 years, including about $5 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.

Money raised in Town Pump’s fundraiser helps cover a growing need in the Lewistown area, said Lynne Contway, of the Central Montana Community Cupboard, especially during the busiest months of November, December and January.

About 4,275 visits were made last year to the Cupboard, which serves Fergus, Judith Basin, Petroleum and Wheatland counties, she said.

“We supply ‘Emergency Bags’ to the local churches and agencies for persons who are just passing through town and need a little nourishment,” she said. “We have a soup kitchen give away for anyone, once a month.”

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 of 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 Rd., Lewistown, MT 59457.

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