Helena Food Share is gathering lots of food for those in need during this pandemic. They are also gathering so many volunteers that there is now a waiting list.
“We’ve had a lot of people in the community call and say ‘we’ve liked to help in some way, can we help? Can we volunteer in the Helena Food Share? What can we do?’” says Bruce Day, the Executive Director at the Helena Food Share.
Volunteers are doing a lot for the food share. The food share has a max of ten volunteers at any time of day. There are about 20 volunteers on a waiting list in which it could take about a week to work depending on availability
“That shows that people are there and willing to be there for their neighbors and do what it takes to make sure that people in this community can have food on their table,” says Day.
And to make sure the community continues to have food on the table.
“We’ve just been changing a lot of things about how we operate in order to continue to provide service to people and make sure they have the food they need and do it in the safest manner possible,” says Day.
One of the changes involves donations. The food share is encouraging individuals or small groups to provide a financial donation rather than a food donation to prevent any spreading of the virus.
“It’s really hard for us to accept food donations from individual or small groups at this point just because of the amount of human to human transaction that requires and then sorting all that food,” says Day.
The food share does have many partnerships with other businesses to continue to gather food.
Monetary donations to the food share can be made by mail or online on the Helena Food Share website.