By Darby Martin
The Montana Food Bank Network estimates that one in eight Montanans struggle with hunger and over 38,000 children across the state live in food insecure households. In Fallon County and across the state, there are many programs and resources for those that may not know where their next meal is coming from, including Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner
As colder weather sets in, turning our attention to those in need becomes all that more important. Although all non-perishable food is generally appreciated, it’s best to think about the nutritional value and versatility of items. Generally, things like canned beans, chicken, or tuna are good options for protein based donations. Pasta, dried fruits, broths and stocks, instant mashed potatoes, and rice are all great options as well.
With the holiday season and colder weather, things can get tough for some families in Fallon County and throughout Montana. By coming together as a community to support one another, we can make sure everyone has food on their table throughout the year, not just Thanksgiving and Christmas simply by purchasing an extra couple cans of vegetables or packages of instant mashed potatoes.
The Community Cupboard located at the Baker Senior Center is ready this holiday season thanks to donations by the people of Fallon County, ranging from school food drives, to Boy Scouts, to groups and organizations from around town. However, donations throughout the year, especially in the next few months would be greatly appreciated. There is no income or age requirement for those who need a little extra help this holiday season, however folks are encouraged to call ahead of pickup.
The Community Cupboard is open 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5.pm. Monday – Friday. For more information or to inquire about a food pick-up or items the Cupboard is in need of, contact the Senior Center at 406-778-2600.