Whitefish Review Hosts Food Drive at Safeway on Friday
Non-Profits Helping Non-profits to Put Hunger to Bed
WHITEFISH - Whitefish Review will host a food drive at Safeway on Nov. 13 from 4-8 p.m, with local musicians Frank & Kate O'Brien lending some tunes to the affair. Patrons to the store will be asked to donate food items to the North Valley Food Bank.
"The story of hunger in Whitefish and the Flathead Valley is very real," said Lyndsay Schott, business development manager for the art and literary journal. "As a non-profit ourselves, we are constantly in the mode of asking people to help support our educational literary venture. We wanted to give something back and begin a trend of non-profits helping other non-profits. We're all in this together."
162 families are fed on a weekly basis from the North Valley Food Bank, based in Whitefish. The Food Bank is anticipating a greater need over the next few weeks with the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday and recent Idaho Timber Company layoffs. In addition, families from neighboring towns who are in need of food and have used up their allotment visit the Whitefish food bank for additional help.
"We are looking for easy snacks for kids and Thanksgiving items," says June Munski-Feenan, the North Valley Food bank director. "Hunters can also arrange to drop off their excess meat. Our crew of volunteers knows how to cut it up and that's really great for our families."
Those who can't make the food drive on Friday and want to make a contribution may mail checks to North Valley Food Bank, 311 First St, Whitefish, MT 59937. "When people donate money, we are able to buy more food at a discount. Whether it is food purchased from the store or a monetary donation, we are very thankful."
For more information, visit www.whitefishreview.org or call Lyndsay Schott at 406.212.1331.