Donors step up to help Great Falls Community Food Bank

Posted at 7:15 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 09:16:31-04

GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls community has gone above and beyond to match a donation to the food bank.

KRTV’s parent company Scripps donated $12,000 to the Great Falls Community Food Bank, to help them continue feeding people through COVID-19 restrictions and closures.

A few weeks ago we challenged the community to match that donation and you did! An additional $12,964 was donated since the end of May!

“We struggle a little bit in the summer months and with COVID we saw a big increase and so for Scripps to come through with this and for the public to actually go beyond matching it, it was just unbelievable. It's going to make a huge difference for us in the coming months,” said Great Falls Community Food Bank director Shaun Tatarka.

The Great Falls Community Food Bank serves more than 70 agencies in our community, including Meals On Wheels, youth organizations, Great Falls Public Schools pantries, and more. Tatarka said they usually provide around 10,000 pounds of food per week to those agencies, but during COVID-19 concerns that has increased to more than 20,000 pounds.

Tatarka said the community has been very generous over the past few months, but donations tend to drop in the summer months and they face an uncertain future. “We're also having a big of a supply problem. Some of the places where I can get food aren't responding to my requests currently because there's been a shortage and that's due to many different reason from hoarding to plants being shut down, so it's a little scary time right now,” explained Tatarka.

If you’d like to contribute and help match Scripps’ donation, give the Great Falls Community Food Bank a call at 406-452-9029, or click here to visit the website.