This is Food Bank Sunday, when churches gather food and funds for the Billings Food Bank.
The food most in demand for food boxes are canned meat and fish, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, meat helpers (hamburger, tuna, etc.), soups and Ramen packs, one-can meals, crackers, eggs, fresh produce and fresh meat. If you have fresh meat to donate, either deliver it to the food bank at 2112 Fourth Ave. N. or call 259-2856 to have it picked up.
Foods most needed for backpacks and sack lunch program are lunch meats, peanut butter and jelly, sliced cheese, shelf-stable milk, individual packed items like pudding, fruits, juices, chips, snack items, granola bars, small cereals and small one-can meals. The food bank can always use sealing sandwich bags, lunch bags and individual mustard and mayonnaise packets.
Meals prepared at the Billings Food Bank for delivery to other programs require pastas, No. 10 cans of vegetables and fruit and protein items.
With the increasing number of people served daily, there is a tremendous need for volunteers to assemble food boxes. A total of 5,000 boxes are required on a monthly basis. Sandwiches and sack lunch also need to be prepared, and donations need to be sorted. And with the weather now allowing for planting and maintaining the food bank’s 6.5 acre garden, many hands are also needed for this effort.
If you have any questions, want to volunteer, need a food bank barrel for your church or know someone who needs help, call 259-2856.
The Billings Food Bank’s mailing address is P.O. Box 1158, Billings, MT 59103.