Turkey Challenge has record year for Helena Food Share

Posted at 6:15 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 20:41:17-05

HELENA – Community members flocked to the Lewis and Clark Library on Friday, November 16 for the annual Turkey Drive to benefit Helena Food Share.

This year the food drive was the most successful to date with more than 2,800 turkeys donated.

One of the larger donations today came from So-Fi who donated 500 turkeys and their employees raised $11,277 for the food pantry.

“On average each employee donated over $200 and in the end it was great people doing great things for the community,” said John Ridle of SoFi.

Helena Food Share Executive Director Bruce Day said their holiday meal program would not be possible without this event and these donations go a long way in the community.

“There’s always people that are hungry and we’re seeing about 1,600 households a month that come to Helena Food Share in need of food,” said Day, “So one in seven people in our community are always experiencing some level of hunger.”

The Lewis and Clark Library Director John Finn sayid this has been one of their longest community partnerships and are proud to support and help those in need.

“We’re a community hot spot and this is a place where people know to come and gather,” said Finn, “Helena is a very giving town and we love being a part of it.”

Finn added that as long as there is a need in the community the Lewis and Clark Library will always be willing to help.

Now In its eighth year, the drive has raised more than 10,000 frozen turkeys for Food Share since its inception.