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Shutdown assistance available through Helena Food Share

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 20:52:09-05

HELENA – Helena Food Share is asking anyone affected by the federal shutdown to reach out if they are experiencing hunger.

Food Share has already seen people come in that were directly affected by the shutdown to use their services.

“That’s why we’re here– to help those in need when their resources are stretched for any reason,” said Executive Director Bruce Day.

Day noted they’ve seen a fair amount of furloughed employees come in to volunteer their time at the pantry.

Food Share offers their services to anyone in need– there are no age or income restrictions.

A person need only bring a picture ID and documents with the social security numbers for all household members.

Once they’ve arrived at a pantry location, people just need to check in at the front desk to complete a short intake form.

All of the information will be kept confidential.

Day said asking for help can be hard and promises everyone that uses their programs is treated with dignity and respect.

“Everyone is welcome here,” said Day, “We have food and we have it to share. The community is very generous in stepping up so if you have a need certainly come. We can help you out.”

Helena Food Share is anticipating an ever increasing demand for their services given the uncertainty of return to work dates, as well as the insecurity related to SNAP benefits.

For more information about Food Share services you can visit their website here or call them at 406-443-3663.

Lewis Street Pantry
1616 Lewis Street
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-3663
Monday, 12:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

East Helena Pantry

The East Helena Pantry is located inside the
United Methodist Church
50 Prickly Pear Avenue
East Helena, MT 59635
(406) 443-3663
Monday, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.