Helena Food Share receives $1.3 million donation from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints | Helena News


Helena Food Share, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

HELENA, Mont. – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday they are providing a $1.3 million donation to Helena Food Share.

The donation, announced on May 7, 2024, will be used to build a commercial kitchen, to provide dry storage shelving and cold storage for a new, garden-focused food pantry, to enhance food preservation, and to teach cooking and educate about food safety, according to the press release from the Church and Helena Food Share.

This is the largest single humanitarian donation the Church has made in Montana in its history.

“Helena Food Share extends our profound gratitude to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their transformative donation to the new Community Food Resource Center,” said Bruce Day, Helena Food Share Executive Director. “This generous gift covers all food service equipment and furnishings in the Market, Production Kitchen and food prep areas. It allows us to take a giant step toward completing our capital campaign, expanding our capacity to rescue surplus food, and offering new sources of nutrition to our neighbors who are hungry. This milestone contribution addresses immediate food insecurity and lays the foundation for a sustainable, hunger-free future. Together, we’re forging a path towards a brighter tomorrow.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Helena Food Share have a relationship extending back over 20 years, as members have volunteered at the pantry and hosted donation drives with the Church’s annual live nativity.






Helena Food Share, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

According to the release, this donation will greatly increase Helena Food Share’s impact.

The following is the direct list of impacts from the release.

  • A 20 percent increase in outreach after the first year of operation serving 4,740 households and 9,960 individuals

  • A 25 percent increase in food distribution within the first year to 1.1 million pounds

  • The current Helena Food Share building has approximately 2,100 square feet of warehouse space and can store 100 pallets of dry goods food. The new facility will have 4,300 square feet and the ability to store 260 pallets of dry goods food.

  • The current Helena Food Share building has approximately 240 square feet of cold storage. This will increase to 1,200 square feet in the new building. The cold storage will hold 100 pallets versus the 25 pallets in the current facility.

 
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