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Missoula Food Bank secures grant for youth nourishment

By Kevin Bunch, KECI Reporter, kbunch@keci.com
Published On: May 13 2013 07:13:50 PM MDT
Updated On: May 13 2013 08:35:52 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missoula food bank is the recipient of a $20,000 Walmart grant. The local nonprofit competed throughout the month of April with other food banks around the nation for votes on Facebook.

The organization will use the money to fund its summer nourishment projects.

Throughout the summer months, many children in Missoula County don't get the nutrition they are used to through Missoula County Public Schools' food programs.

The free lunch program is one way to make sure sure kids are getting the proper nutrition they need to do well in school.

The Missoula Food Bank acts as a safety net to provide nutritious food items for summer programs like the Boys and Girls Club and the Flagship Program.

The $20,000 grant is going to help the food bank fund one of its largest summer food programs, but they almost didn't make the cut.

Jessica Allred says it was a community effort.

"We fell out of the top 60. We were just in those bottom two spots,” Allred says. “I think we ended out at number 57, and so that big push at the end had help from so many different agencies and people, and the media here just to help bring that money to our community."

If you would like to help the Missoula Food Bank bring nutritious food to children throughout the summer, you can leave a donation at their website. The food bank is always looking for volunteers to help stock their shelves and distribute food to the community. You can visit their website here.