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Helena Food Share breaks ground on new facility
July 27, 2023 – (KTVH): Helena Food Share held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on Boulder Ave., at the site where they will build a new 20,000 square foot facility. Executive Director for Helena Food Share, Bruce Day, was happy to see the support of the community at the ceremony. “We had so many members of the Helena community come out, volunteers, people who have donated to this effort, community supporters, partners in the community, and just felt great to have that community support knowing that people really see this as a very important project. This new building for our future,” said Day. Read more.
Helena Food Share to have groundbreaking for new center
July 23, 2023 – (Helena IR): Helena Food Share will have a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for its new $10.3 million Community Food Resource Center. It will be 8:30 a.m., at the construction site at 1280 Boulder Ave., just off Montana Avenue. The public may attend and refreshments will be provided. Food share officials said this event marks a significant milestone in its mission to ensure individuals and families facing food insecurity have somewhere to turn. “With this groundbreaking event, we are taking a momentous step forward to enhance our capacity to serve more individuals and families facing food insecurity in the greater Helena area, with more efficiency and by utilizing food in our community that might otherwise go to waste,” Bruce Day, Helena Food Share executive director, said in a news release. Read more.
Matching grant can help fund new building for Helena Food Share
June 20, 2023 – (KTVH): A new matching grant will help fund Helena Food Share’s Community Food Resource Center. The funding comes through the Otto Bremer Trust which has already donated $40,000 this year to Helena Food Share for operational funds. The new grant will match donations for up to $250,000. Helena Food Share must raise an equal $250,000 in order to receive the same amount from the trust. While the trust has given Helena Food Share around a year to complete the task of raising the money, HFS is hoping to have it raised by the day they break ground at their new Community Food Resource Center on July 27. Read more.
Helena allocates nearly $2 million in ARPA funds
Mar 13, 2023 – (Helena IR): The Helena City Commission on Monday approved the allocation of more than $1.9 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. The approval sends $1.58 million to Rocky Mountain Development Council for the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church housing project, $250,000 to Helena Food Share for costs related to the construction of its Community Food Resource Center, and $143,000 to the Tri-County Fire Safe Working Group to fund its wildfire risk assessment and education program. Read more.
Helena Food Share’s new community food resource center to help those struggling with hunger
Feb 8, 2023 – (Helena IR): Food is life. But for 1 in 7 Helena residents — and 1 in 5 children — finding enough food to live on is a daily struggle. Helena Food Share is a lifeline to these individuals experiencing food insecurity. Since 2001, the organization has seen an alarming 2,600% increase in demand for the food assistance services it provides. Read more.
Helena Food Share kicks off campaign to raise funds for new center
Feb 2, 2023 – (Helena IR): Helena Food Share unveiled plans and released more information Thursday about its new $10.3 million Helena Community Food Resource Center during a celebration at the Vanilla Bean Bakery & Café. The event attended by nearly 80 people was both a public announcement of the project, an acknowledgment of early fundraising success, and a call to the community to add to efforts to support the nonprofit that distributes more than 6,000 pounds of food daily and provides emergency food for over 1,500 local families each month. Helena Food Share has already secured $7.5 million in support of the project, officials said. Read more.
Helena Food Share gives update on their relocation process
Feb 2, 2023 – (KTVH): Back in October, Helena Food Share announced their plans to move to a new location on Boulder Ave. On Wednesday, they shared more details on their future facility and relocation plans. Helena Food Share provides groceries for around 1,500 families each month. That’s on top of other food support programs like the Kid’s Packs and Holiday Meals, and the need has grown over the past few years. To help support that increased need, Food Share has worked on an expansion and relocation. Read more.


Helena Food Share discusses plans for new building on former Caird site
Nov 7, 2022 – (Helena IR): The head of Helena Food Share shared some preliminary drawings of their new facility with members of a grassroots citizens group, telling members that the current facilities cannot meet the needs of the community. Bruce Day, executive director of the Food Share which serves as a community support organization that helps fight hunger in the Helena area, discussed the new 20,000-square-foot facility recently with members of Hometown Helena. Read more.
Helena Food Share to upgrade facility
Oct 3, 2022 – (KTVH): Helena Food Share is looking to construct a new, 20-thousand square foot facility on Boulder Avenue, just a few blocks away from their current location on Lewis Street. The location is vacant at the moment, and with the rising need of food assistance in the greater Helena area and would be perfect for the future food pantry. Executive director at Helena Food Share Bruce Day believes that it’ll be a huge help to the Helena community. Read more.

Dave Mehl, a volunteer at Helena Food Share, looks at plans for a new facility at their kick-off.


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