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AmeriCorps volunteers hold food drive

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Helena's AmeriCorps volunteers partnered with the department of public health and human services to hold a healthy food drive and community breakfast.

“Today service comes in the form of honoring a great American, Martin Luther King, a person who gave his life in service to people, a person who made us aware of the inadequacies and inequalities that existed in America.  He did so in a peaceful way talking about the need for change,” says Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger

Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger also helped serve at the breakfast this morning, along with other members of the governor's office. Local businesses like the Real Food Market and Van's donated items for the breakfast, as well. AmeriCorps Vista, Jared Schmidt, says one of the reasons for both the food drive and breakfast is to remind people that although the holidays may be over, the spirit of giving and need to feed the hungry is still here in Helena.

“Even in our great county, with all these great things we still have to look out for our neighbors because that's part of community, is taking care of each other, struggling together, enjoying each other and loving each other as much as we can and I want people to take that away,” says Schmidt.

Volunteers raised about $360 for Helena Food Share this morning and has collected more than 240lb of food from just three drop-off locations.

 

Story by Jess Armstrong, Beartooth NBC.
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