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Helena Food Share changes hours

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Helena's local food bank served almost 4,000 families last year and starting next week they will be making a few changes to better serve the community’s needs.

Helena Food Share Executive Director Ann Waickman said, "It is critical that we are here at that moment in time when one of our community members realizes ‘I need help and I need it today.’"

That is exactly what the Helena Food Share is trying to do by changing their hours at the Lewis Street Pantry starting Monday, March 26.

Waickman says they will continue to open at 12:30 p.m. for food pick-up, but will now stay open straight through until 6 p.m. 

She says they are listening to feedback from customers who need to be able to come in right after work.

Waickman said, "Food is not something you can schedule an appointment for two weeks in the future.  When you realize that you simply have got to find something for dinner tonight and you have nowhere to get all that, that's where Helena Food Store plays a major role."
Waickman says February is typically their slowest month, however they saw 60 new families come in for the very first time.  On average she says they serve about 1,200 households every month. Her advice to families is to just be smart and realize it doesn't make you a lesser person to need a little help.

"If you need food please ask.  Asking for food is a very difficult thing for us stubborn Montanans to do," stated Waickman.

The Helena Food Store is always looking for more donations and is also asking those planting gardens right now to consider planting an extra row just to donate.

The changes are only for the Lewis Street Pantry. Hours at the East Helena Pantry will remain the same.


Story by Jessics Hoppe, Beartooth NBC.
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