Sunday, Nov. 5, is Food Bank Sunday, time to gather food and funds for the Billings Food Bank. It is also the final Food Bank Sunday before Thanksgiving, so this month focuses on special needs. The following is a list of most needed items for each program:
Baby pantry: Enfamil or Similac with iron, large-size diapers.
Sack lunches & backpacks: Individual-size chips, meat sticks, sliced cheese, shelf-stable milk, juices, puddings, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly, lunch meats, sack lunch bags, gallon- and sandwich-size Ziplock-type bags.
Meals prepared at food bank for other programs: rice, pastas, dry beans, protein items, sauces, No.10-size cans of fruits and vegetables.
Holiday items: Turkey, ham (Do not place in barrels — deliver to food bank or nearest fire station), cranberries, stuffing mix, Bisquick-type mixes, cereals, noodles, macaroni, canned meats, potatoes and other fresh produce including apples and oranges.
Volunteers are especially welcome this month. Help is needed with: delivery, sorting and boxing food, making sandwiches and building sack lunches, the kitchen and distribution of food boxes to clients.
Billings Food Bank accepts applications for holiday food boxes from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you or someone you know needs assistance, call or stop by.
All local fire stations are equipped to receive donations, including frozen items, for the food bank. If you are unable to deliver donations, have questions, would like to volunteer or would like a speaker, call 259-2856. The Billings Food Bank is located at 2112 Fourth Ave. N. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1158, Billings, MT 59103.