This year, the world is facing unprecedented times as the coronavirus pandemic increases the population of the food insecure. The ​Town Pump Charitable Foundation​ recognizes the urgency to help neighbors and is providing $1 million in immediate grants to 85 food banks, food pantries, and shelters in 73 Montana communities. Additionally, these grants do not require any community matching funds.

Helena Food Share Executive Director, Bruce Day, reports that emergency food boxes served to families increased by 30 percent just three weeks. Simultaneously, food banks are struggling to purchase the amount of food necessary to feed the growing population of Montanans facing food insecurity.

The end of the year is also the time for the 19th Annual Town Pump Charitable Foundation’s “Be A Friend In Deed, Helping Those In Need” foodbank campaign. Throughout the months of September, October, and November, every monetary donation given to Hope Rescue Mission will be matched by Town Pump. Supporters are able to double their donations and make an even bigger impact on the programs created to help those in need.

In the past 18 years, the campaign has raised more than $33 million for food banks in Montana, with almost $4 million in 2019 alone. Foundation Director, Bill McGladdery says, “This is Montanans helping Montanans. Town Pump recognizes the urgency to help out our neighbors now as food insecurity grows in this unprecedented emergency.”

Those hoping to Restore Hope to their neighbors in need can ​donate online​, ​by mail​, or by texting MATCHMYGIFT to 41444. The limited-time matching offer from Town Pump is only available through September, October, and November, so donate today!