Town Pump raising $3 million for food banks

Laurel’s Community Hope is beneficiary

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise over $3 million in its 16th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Community Hope’s food bank in Laurel.
“We could not imagine where our organization would be today without Town Pump’s ‘Be a Friend Campaign,”’ said Community Hope Director Lisa Foreman. “Their generous contribution allows us to continue to provide assistance to those in need. It also raises the awareness of the citizens of our community that hunger is a real problem and that many families struggle with this.”
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.
Locally, the Foundation will match up to $10,000 on behalf of Community Hope. All funds raised in Laurel 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.
The Town Pump Charitable Foundation has been assisting the state’s food banks with their vital service since 2002.

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