MC Food Bank, Soup Kitchen awarded grants

Ashley Wise Star Editor
Thursday, March 26, 2020

With organizations suffering across the country the local food bank and soup kitchen have received grants from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

The Custer County food bank received $3,000 and the Miles City Soup Kitchen received $2,250.

With the recent events the food bank has remained open but the soup kitchen has closed their doors until further notice.

The food bank continues to have the same days and hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The foundation awarded a total of $450,000 to 86 organizations to provide support to communities during the coronavirus pandemic, said a press release.

Surrounding areas also received grant money.

The Colstrip Food Bank received $3,000 and the Wibaux County Senior Citizens — Wibaux County Food Bank received $2,250.

“Basic needs organizations are critically important to helping Montana’s most vulnerable citizens,” Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan said in a press release. “The Foundation wants to help alleviate the strain placed on these organizations by the COVID-19 crisis by giving them a cash infusion now, while at the same time helping them generate additional resources by leveraging our donation.”

The initial grants totaled $300,000 for emergency response to the pandemic with $150,000 more in matching grants, said a press release.

According to a press release, the majority of the organizations that received grants were food banks and pantries. The rest went to support the homeless or provide other basic support needs.

Organizations who received grants will be contacted by Friday, March 27.