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The monthly tradition of gathering food and funds for the Billings Food Bank will be observed this Sunday at area churches and congregations.

This ecumenical effort was the catalyst for the development of the Billings Food Bank, and remains the core of its support.

The food items most needed this month are macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, one-can meals, tomato products and peanut butter.

Volunteers are most in demand for sorting the food gathered from the Letter Carriers Drive. This one-day effort delivered more than 137,000 pounds of food which must be sorted before it is distributed.

The Food Bank can always use fresh meats, especially hamburger, hot dogs and lunch meats. However, fresh donations should not be placed in the Food Bank barrels, but delivered to the Food Bank, or call for pickup.

The Food Bank delivers, on average, 350,000 pounds of food each month. It is then distributed through agencies such as Family Service, Salvation Army, Community Hope in Laurel, The Montana Rescue Mission, Women and Family Shelter, Gateway House, Team Mentoring, Rainbow House, The Hub, Special K Ranch, Meals on Wheels and more.

Through the Senior Nutrition Program, 1,600 households receive food boxes from the Billings Food Bank each month.

Gifts to the Food Bank's gift shop are always welcome, as well as items for their kitchens.

If you are unable to deliver your donations, would like to volunteer or have other questions, call 259-2856. The Billings Food Bank is located at 2112 Fourth Ave. N., and the mailing address is P.O. Box 1158, Billings, MT 59103

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