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Great Falls Community Food Bank supports surge in demand

Posted at 7:06 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 11:10:51-04

Over the the last two months, the Great Falls Community Food Bank has nearly doubled the amount of food they've given out to the roughly 70 agencies they serve.

The food pantry at Whittier Elementary School is mostly filled with donations from the food bank, along with contributions from the community and school staff.

The school has temporarily moved their pantry from a few shelves to lots of tables in the gym.

Before schools were closed in March due to COVID-19, Whittier gave out around 1,000 pounds of food per month. Now they're giving out around 1,800 pounds per week.

“We have parents that have woken up and are out of a job all of a sudden, and so the need is greater,” explained Whittier principal and food bank board member Corri Smith.

KRTV wants to make sure the community is fed in the wake of COVID-19 and support the efforts of those working to do that. That's why our parents company Scripps is donating $12,000 to the Great Falls Community Food Bank and we're challenging the community to match that donation.

So far, $3,300 has been donated since we started the challenge. 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.