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News in 2023

900 pounds of food donated during Food for Fines event
Sept 1, 2023 – (KTVH): On Thursday, food donations were accepted at Van’s Thriftway and the County Courthouse for the first Food for Fines event. “It’s an awesome opportunity for the folks in our community to help the kids in our community,” said Kim Dale, the Program Operations Director at Helena Food Share. The Lewis and Clark County Justice Court and Helena Municipal Court teamed up to host the event. The entire community was encouraged to donate food. Read more.
Courts collect food in Helena for school kids in lieu of fines
Sept 1, 2023 – (Helena IR): The Lewis and Clark County Justice and Helena Municipal courts collected food items in lieu of outstanding fines and donated them to Helena Food Share. Lewis and Clark County Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley donated nearly 1,000 pounds of food and more than $500 in cash collected Thursday. “We thought it would be a good idea and just decided to try it,” Swingley said in an interview Thursday evening. “It was wildly successful.” Read more.
Helena Community Gardens helping feed residents in need
Aug 24, 2023 – (KTVH): The Helena Community Gardens are not only a great way to get out working with your hands but also help to feed the community…  Kim Dale, the Program Operations Director at Helena Food Share says that this program is a real benefit to the community and helps provide families throughout the area with healthy produce. “It’s so important to the community because healthy food is healthy families. Read more.
Why you should care about the farm bill
Aug 16, 2023 – (High Country News): Beyond SNAP, the farm bill also funds other nutrition programs, like those that distribute food from farms to food banks and help seniors shop at farmers markets. Bruce Day, executive director of Helena Food Share, said such programs are vital to his community. “(They’re) helping people who are struggling otherwise to put food on their table, making choices between what they pay for,” he said. “Do they pay for rent? Do they pay for their medical needs? Or do they buy food?” Day would like to see eligibility requirements loosen and funding expand for nutrition assistance, especially in light of inflation. “If you were able to maybe feed your family for two weeks previously using SNAP dollars, it might be less than that now: 10 days or eight days,” he said. “That’s why we care about the farm bill — obviously there’s a lot that supports the work we do and touches the people that we serve in pretty significant ways.” Read more.
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.
Symphony Under the Stars raises 13,000 lbs of food for Food Share
July 17, 2023 – (KTVH): Every year, for Symphony Under the Stars, patrons weigh down their blankets with cans of food, all of that then gets donated to Helena Food Share where they distribute the food to those in need. According to the Feeding Americas website, one in 12 people are facing hunger in Montana. The 19th Symphony Under the Stars concluded on Saturday by bringing in hundreds of pounds of food to those in need. “It’s a reflection of the generosity of our community. This community that we live in, and the amount of food that they bring forward, 13,000 pounds of food, you know, that’s going to translate into more than 11,000 meals, and that food’s going directly to families in our community who are in need,” said Executive Director of Helena Food Share Bruce Day. Read more.
Nearly 13,400 pounds of food collected at Symphony Under the Stars
July 17, 2023 – (Helena IR): Nearly 13,400 pounds of food was collected at Saturday’s “Symphony Under the Stars,” to be used to help feed the needy in the Helena area, Helena Food Share officials said Monday. This year’s food drive did not beat last year’s record of 24,000 pounds, but it is still Helena Food Share’s largest food drive of the year “and will go a long way in providing food support for our neighbors here in Helena,” the nonprofit said in an email. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: The glorious season of salads is here!
July 5, 2023 – (Helena IR): The glorious season of salads is here! In the summer, salads move from being a starter or side dish on my menu to becoming the main event. Our garden at Helena Food Share is full of harvestable vegetables for our Pantry, which is the very exciting result of months of careful planting and cultivation. Whether you have a home garden, shop at the Farmers Market, or area farm stands, fresh local vegetables are abundant and affordable for the next few months, making it easy to incorporate more salads into your meal plan. 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.
DPHHS declines millions in federal food assistance for children as food banks see soaring need
May 31, 2023 – (Daily Montanan): Bruce Day, executive director for Helena Food Share, said the food bank serves roughly one in five children in the Helena area. Since the pandemic, he said the organization has seen rising need. Helena Food Share provides roughly 1,200 “Kid Packs” for children each week of the school year, a program that’s specific to youngsters, he said. The packs contain healthy snacks and nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals. Day said Helena Food Share has seen an increasing number of families seeking assistance as well, 15% to 20% more every month year over year. That’s 1,500 to 1,600 families a month, or roughly 3,000 individuals. Read more.
How deer culling went in Helena this year
Apr 3, 2023 – (KTVH): Helena’s deer culling program has come to an end. MTN caught up with Helena’s police chief to see how the program went this year… And the venison doesn’t go to waste. The deer that were caught this year were processed by Old Salt Co-op. A little over 1,600 pounds was then sent to Helena Food Share to help feed the community. “You know, the deer culling has a pretty big impact for us. It generates, you know, thousands of pounds of ground meat that we’re able to make available to folks. It’s really appreciated,” says Executive Director at Helena Food Share, Bruce Day. 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.
Eat Well & Share: Meals as tasty as they are healthy
Mar 1, 2023 – (Helena IR): It’s always a happy moment when something you love happens to be good for you as well. When choosing salad greens, the more interesting, the better. Read more.

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Courts collect food in Helena for school kids in lieu of fines
Helena IR; Sept. 1, 2023

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Helena Community Gardens helping feed residents in need
KTVH,  Aug 24, 2023

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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.
Eat Well & Share: Recipe ideas to try for Meatless Mondays
Feb 1, 2023 – (Helena IR): A simple and doable health tweak is to adopt the idea of “Meatless Mondays” as part of your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re not interested in going meat-free, all three of the following recipes would benefit from the addition of some roasted chicken or whatever sounds good to you. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Frugal-but-fabulous recipes for winter
Jan 4, 2023 – (Helena IR): Sometimes the most satisfying foods are also the most economical. Meat pies are enjoyed in cuisines all over the world, many originating as a way to stretch ingredients into a cheaper but still very filling meal. Read more.

News in 2022

Eat Well & Share: Holiday season is perfect time to connect across the table
Dec 7, 2022 – (Helena IR): The secret to enjoying the holiday season? Sharing, especially food. At Helena Food Share, we get to enjoy every aspect of sharing food, all year long. If you think about it, sharing food is one of the most basic, wonderful, elevated gestures that we can do to connect with other people. Read more.
Deer culling has begun in Helena
Dec 7, 2022 – (KTVH): If you’ve taken a walk through the neighborhoods of Helena recently, you may have been joined by some unintended walking partners. With one of the biggest deer populations seen in Helena since the program’s inception, Helena Police Department has begun the months-long process of deer culling. Read more.
Helena rises to the Turkey Challenge
Nov 18, 2022 – (Helena IR): Helena Food Share raised at least $117,350 during this year’s Turkey Challenge food drive, which is enough to provide 2,347 meals to community members for the holidays and beyond. Read more.
Helena Food Share handing out 1,250 Kid Packs a week
Nov 17, 2022 – (Helena IR): One in five children in the Helena area are faced with weekend hunger, hoping their next meal won’t have to wait until Monday at school, according to Helena Food Share’s website. The challenges of the past few years, including high inflation, have caused a rise in food scarcity for families. With its Kid Packs program, Helena Food Share (HFS) is working to make sure Helena’s kids aren’t going hungry over the weekend throughout the school year. Read more.
Washington foundation awards $15K to two Helena-area groups
Nov 15, 2022 – (Helena IR): Two Helena-based service organizations were among 100 groups statewide to share $350,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, it was announced Tuesday. Helena Food Share will receive $10,000 and The Salvation Army Helena will receive $5,000, foundation officials said. Read more.
Gifts from the heart: Helena Food Share
Nov 15, 2022 – (Helena IR): The people served at Helena Food Share come from every neighborhood in the Helena Valley and, likely, are neighbors you encounter day-to-day. It might be the young man who came into the Lewis Street Pantry during his lunch break. He told us, “My hours were reduced at work, so I can’t afford my rent and food too.”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 Turkey Challenge underway
Nov 7, 2022 – (Helena IR): The Helena Food Share Turkey Challenge is up and running with the goal of putting together 2,500 holiday meals by Nov. 18. A $20 donation buys all the side dishes needed for a family; $30 buys a turkey or ham for a family and $50 buys a complete Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal for a family. The tradition continues this year at the Lewis and Clark Library but with a new twist. Rather than bringing turkeys, Helena Food Share is asking the community to make a donation online and then come to the library 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 to drop off any financial and canned food donations and join in a celebration of gratitude. Read more.
As Helena food bank struggles, gardeners step up to fill a need
Nov 4, 2022 – (Yellowstone Public Radio): Dave Krainacker is a doctor at St. Peter’s Health specializing in the treatment of obesity. He believes in food as a kind of medicine, and started the church’s community gardening effort in 2016. And, while he and his wife enjoy some of what they grow, they donate most of it to Helena Food Share, a local nonprofit working to solve food insecurity. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Turkey Challenge underway; turkey day side dishes
Nov 2, 2022 – (Helena IR): Thanksgiving is my favorite meal, and I have certain recipes that simply must be included in the menu each year, one of which, Wild Rice Salad, I’ve included here. Having said that, I always leave space in the menu to try at least one new recipe for side dishes or for ways to use up leftovers, and I’m very excited about the other two recipes I’ve included, one for a lovely Maple Roasted Pumpkin, and the other for a Curried Turkey Salad. Read more.
Helena Food Share is preparing for this year's 'Turkey Challenge'
Nov 1, 2022 – (KTVH): Helena Food Share is preparing for this year’s “Turkey Challenge” a key donation drive that helps put holiday meals on the table for Helena families. “Our goal is to be able to provide up to 2,500 meals for people at both at the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays,” says Day. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: When it's cold outside, warm your insides with soup
Oct 5, 2022 – (Helena IR): During and at the end of the growing season, Helena Food Share is lucky to be able to offer a wide variety of fresh, locally grown seasonal produce and eggs. Read more.
Helena Food Share seeks funding for new, larger location
Oct 4, 2022 – (Helena IR): Helena Food Share, through the city of Helena, has applied for a $750,000 community development block grant to help offset the cost of a proposed larger facility. Read more.
Food shelves experience flood of visitors during summer of high prices
Oct 4, 2022 – (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis): More people in the Ninth District are seeking food assistance this year amid rising grocery costs, and food shelves are grappling with the surge in demand Read more.
Helena Food Share to upgrade facility
Oct 4, 2022 – (KTVH): The 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. Read more.
Schools, Helena Food Share address childhood hunger
Sept 15, 2022 – (KTVH): Food insecurity is a reality for thousands of children across Montana. In the Helena area, schools and organizations, like Helena Food Share, are working to get kids the food they need. Read more.
Helena Food Share receives hundreds of pounds of donated local produce
Sept 12, 2022 – (KTVH): As summer winds down and produce is ready, the Jubilee Garden at Saint Mary Catholic Community has hundreds of pounds of food it’s donating to Helena Food Share. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Say hello to fall comfort foods
Sept 7, 2022 – (Helena IR): Although nobody is quite ready to say goodbye to summer and head into fall, I must confess that it’s my favorite time of year and I welcome the return of comfort foods. Read more.
Lewis & Clark County announces ARPA awards to community projects, organizations
Aug 17, 2022 – (KTVH): HELENA — Lewis and Clark County leaders have announced how they’re dividing up $10.5 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Hot dogs essential summertime fare
Aug 3, 2022 – (Helena IR): At Helena Food Share this month, we’re lucky to have one of everyone’s favorite summer foods: hot dogs! This prompted some great conversations about our personal recipes of choice. Read more.
Symphony Under the Stars breaks record for food donations
July 19, 2022 – (Helena IR): This year’s Symphony Under the Stars broke its record for food donations to the Helena Food Share. Typically, the event, hosted at Carroll College, produces around 18,000 pounds of food donations each year. But this year, event organizers set a record-breaking goal to collect 22,000 pounds of food. And, according to a July 17 Facebook post from the Helena Food Share, this year’s event accomplished its goal, producing over 24,000 pounds of food donations. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Easy eating ideas for summer months
July 6, 2022 – (Helena IR): The less cooking in the summer months, the better! With so many fresh options this time of year, it’s easy to throw meals together without a lot of fussing over a stove. Read more.
Symphony Under the Stars aims to break food donation record
July 5, 2022 – (Helena IR): Organizers of Symphony Under the Stars are calling on the community to help them break a record this year. Annually, the outdoor concert by the Helena Symphony at Carroll College typically generates about 18,000 pounds of food donations to the Helena Food Share. This year, they are aiming for a 22,000-pound donation from event attendees. Read more.
Helena Food Share hosts distribution of USDA Senior Farmers' Market coupons
June 29, 2022 – (KTVH): Helena Food Share uses the USDA-funded program that allows seniors to get coupons for Farmer Market produce. “It’s been started for well over 15 years, and it started trying to help Farmer’s Markets, and seniors and agriculture and farmers in our community…” said Kim Dale, Operations Director of Helena Food Share. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Picnic-friendly salad, sandwich and hummus for dipping
June 1, 2022 – (Helena IR): After such a subtle spring, it’s hard to believe that summer officially begins in just a few short weeks. What better way to start the season … Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Garden prep, fresh eggs and spring-themed recipes
May 4, 2022 – (Helena IR): Exciting things are happening at Helena Food Share. We’re starting to prep our gardens, local chickens are laying like crazy for a wonderful a… Read more.
Helena Food Share sees increase in food prices
Apr 19, 2022 – (KTVH): According to the USDA, fresh produce prices are expected to increase from 1 to 2%, and at the Helena Food Share, they see the impacts of those price increases. “So the cost for food items that we regularly purchase increased over the last six months by about 20%,” said Bruce Day, Helena Food Share director. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Thoughts of gardening inspire lighter fare, by Sally Beck
Apr 6, 2022 – (Helena IR): While we wait for our Montana growing season to kick off, we can enjoy the wider variety of produce from around the country that is showing up at our local grocers. To kick off the transition to lighter fare in our kitchens, I’ve put together a super-fast Mediterranean pasta featuring fresh spinach, a cauliflower salad, and a simple treatment for fresh berries. Read more.
Helena Food Share Virtual Food Drive
March 6, 2022 – (ABC/Fox Montana): Helena Food Share will soon be starting a new way to donate to those in need. As inflation creates rising costs in food for everyone, the Helena Food Share has experienced an influx of people relying on goods that sometimes are not always readily available. Bruce Day, Executive Director of Helena Food Share explained they’ve seen a 25% increase in people coming to Helena Food Share since December 2021. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Serve up some comfort food before transitioning into spring, by Sally Beck
Mar 2, 2022 – (Helena IR): As we head out of winter, it is a nice time to enjoy a few last-minute comfort foods before we turn off our ovens for the summer. To bid a fond farewell to all of that, I’m sharing a recipe for stuffed peppers. It’s also time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish or not, if for no other reason: potato soup, … (and) a hearty barley salad. Read more.
Volunteer work can ease stress and boost mental health
Feb 10, 2022 – (KTVH): In 2021 Helena Food Share had over 500 volunteers give their time to help others facing food insecurity, and one volunteer has been with them for five years. When David Mehl moved to Helena from Fort Worth, Texas, he decided to continue giving his time to others, which is where he found his place at Helena Food Share. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Feel the love with some sweet and savory February fare, by Sally Beck
Feb 2, 2022 – (Helena IR): February can be a bit of a wasteland in terms of food inspiration. Thankfully Valentine’s Day is right in the middle to cheer things up, and for me, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of all the people in my life whom I love; it’s not just for sweethearts! Read more.
Food insecurity can happen to anyone
Jan 13, 2022 – (MT Standard) Town Pump: The face of hunger is hard to see. It takes many forms. During our fall “Help Those in Need” campaign we attempted to put a face to hunger. Several Montana residents offered their assistance. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Whole food choices a heathy start to new year, by Sally Beck
Jan 4, 2022 – (Helena IR): For the New Year, I do like to revamp my diet, but rather than freaking out and jumping into an overly restrictive approach to try and bounce back from all of the holiday over-indulgences, I’m incorporating a few healthy tweaks that allow me to enjoy more whole food choices and less refined, highly processed foods. Read more.

News in 2021

St. Peter's, Food Share launch pilot healthy food program
Dec 31, 2021 – (Helena IR): Sharon Tatum says she doesn’t know what she would do without it. She is one of 10 people participating in the Food is Care program recently launched by St. Peter’s Health and Helena Food Share that brings healthy food to area residents dealing with food insecurity while managing chronic or complex medical conditions. Read more.
Helena Food Share, St. Peter's Health help bridge gap between healthy foods and financial instability
Dec 30, 2021 – (KTVH): Saint Peter’s Health in Helena and the Helena Food Share have teamed up for their Food is Care program. The program provides food boxes to people with health concerns and food insecurity. Read more.
Helena Food Share reflects on 2021
Dec 29, 2021 – (KTVH): According to the Lewis and Clark County Community Health report, 13% of Lewis and Clark County residents had faced food insecurity in 2021. That need placed a high demand on organizations like the Helena Food Share. Read more.
Helena Turkey Challenge provides thousands of holiday meals
Nov 22, 2021 – (Helena IR): From Saturday through Monday, Helena Food Share planned to distribute 1,300 of the 3,046 holiday meals purchased through community donations as part of this year’s Turkey Challenge Food Drive. Volunteers spent the weekend loading turkeys, potatoes, carrots, onions, squash, and other holiday food staples into carts that were wheeled to customers’ vehicles. Read more.
An IR View: Transparent Government, Turkey Challenge, high heating costs
Nov 21, 2021 – (Helena IR):  If you’re looking for something to be thankful for this time of year, look no further than the Turkey Challenge Leader Board at There you will find the names of hundreds of Helena-area residents and businesses who chipped in to make the holiday season a little brighter for our less-fortunate friends and neighbors. Read more.
An IR View: Help Spread holiday cheer to our neighbors in need
Nov 19, 2021 – (Helena IR): While many of us are eagerly planning a holiday feast big enough to feed a small army, one out of every seven Helena-area residents is going hungry. Read more.
Turkey Challenge aims to feed 2,500 Helena-area families
Nov 17, 2021 – (Helena IR): Helena Food Share’s annual Turkey Challenge food drive has gone virtual again this year. The local food bank is asking for monetary donations to purchase 2,500 holiday meals for families in need. Read more.
'Stuff the Truck' food drive to benefit Helena Food Share
Nov 15, 2021 – (Helena IR):  Freedom Fabrication and Excavation is offering to pick up food and monetary donations around the area through its “Stuff the Truck” food drive Tuesday through Thursday.  Read more.
Eat Well & Share: A few ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers, by Sally Beck
Nov 3, 2021 – (Helena IR): Helena, as a community, consists of people who genuinely and deeply care about each other and about making sure that nobody has to go hungry. That feeling is especially true at Thanksgiving when we can’t bear the idea of someone not being able to sit down to break bread and celebrate with friends and loved ones. Read more.
Helena Food Share brings cheer to those facing food insecurity for the holidays
Nov 2, 2021 – (KTVH/KXLH): Helena Food Share is helping to bring some cheer to those facing food insecurity. One in seven Helena residents faces food insecurity, according to Helena Food Share. That is why they are fundraising money to give away 2,500-holiday meals to those in need this year. Read more.
Knights of Columbus donates over 600 pounds of food to Helena Food Share
Oct 11, 2021 – (KTVH/KXLH): The Helena area Knights of Columbus donated over 2,000 granola bars, 1,048 juice pouches, and fruit cups to the Helena Food Share to go towards the non-profit’s ‘Kid Packs.’  Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Three winter squash ideas for the fall harvest season, by Sally Beck
Oct 6, 2021 – (Helena IR): As the fall harvest season wraps up and the way that we cook shifts more toward heartier dishes, it’s nice to have so many winter squash options. Read more.
Helena Food Share is lending an extra helping hand to senior citizens this week
Sept 20, 2021 – (KTVH): Every day of the year the Helena Food Share works tirelessly to make sure that nobody in the community goes hungry. However, this week they will lend an extra helping hand to one specific group, our senior citizens. Watch & read more.
Hunters Against Hunger helps food banks across Montana feed their communities
Sept 17, 2021 – (KTVH): For hunters, there is almost no better feeling than sharing your hard-earned game meat with family and friends. The only thing that could possibly top sitting down to a nice back-strap is using that venison to help those in need. That is exactly what the Hunters Against Hunger program is set up to do. Watch & read more.
Best friends donate lemonade stand earnings to Helena Food Share
Sept 16, 2021 – (KTVH): Best friends Mary Dietz and Mary McDuffie did something a lot of kids do in the summer, they held a lemonade stand. Instead of pocketing the profits, the two Marys used the money to help the Helena community. Watch & read more.
Eat Well & Share: As fall approaches, make the most of summer's garden produce, by Sally Beck
Sept 1, 2021 – (Helena IR): With fall suddenly in the air, it’s time to start wrapping up some of the garden and/or farmers market produce and to make the best of things that need to be harvested right away. Read more.
Kid Packs help Helena students facing hunger
August 26, 2021 – (KTVH): As students, families and teachers gear up to head back to school around the Helena area, Helena Food Share is gearing up to help make sure no child goes hungry. And just like in years past, they will be doing that with Kid Packs. Read more.
Symphony Under the Stars brings in more than 18,000 pounds of food for Helena Food Share
July 19, 2021 – (KTVH): Symphony Under the Stars isn’t just about good music, it also does good for the Helena community. The annual event generates thousands of pounds of canned food for Helena Food Share. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Fresh produce is upon us at last, by Sally Beck
July 7, 2021 – (Helena IR): From gardens to garden parties, the season of fresh produce is upon us at last. With the hot days of summer finally here, I like to move my weekly meal prep time to the early morning while the temperature is still cool enough to comfortably cook a few things that can be enjoyed as a chilled entrée later. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Potato salad is the perfect way to kick off summer by Sally Beck
June 2, 2021 – (HelenaIR): As we head into our outdoor seasonal activities, such as gardening with our new compost and returning to being able to outdoor dining (with friends, no less! Yay!). I felt that some variations on potato salad just might be the perfect way to kick off the summer months. Read more.
Helena Food Share Lewis Street pantry location reopens to choice shopping
June 1, 2021 – (KTVH): After more than a year, the doors of the Helena Food Share’s Lewis Street pantry are open to customers again. COVID-19 forced Helena Food Share to stop customer choice shopping at the Lewis Street and East Helena pantry locations. Choice shopping was replaced with a grab-and-go, pre-packed grocery option people could pick up at the pantry. Read more.
Helena Food Share to Reopen to Customer Traffic
May 27, 2021 – (Helena Independent Record): Helena Food Share will reopen its doors for customer traffic Tuesday, after being closed to shoppers for nearly a year due to concerns about COVID-19. Read more.
Top Gun Auto Body donates $5,000 to Helena Food Share
May 18, 2021 – (KTVH): Helena Food Share met with Top Gun Auto Body to receive a $5,000 donation. The food share says they are feeding about 250 households every week and this donation will make a significant impact. Read more.
Eat Well & Share: Spring brings breakfast ideas by Sally Beck
May 5, 2021 – (HelenaIR): With spring comes longer daylight hours in our weekends which inspire thoughts of gardening, of garden parties, of Sunday brunch with friends, and of simply having more time to enjoy life. Read more.
Carroll College students prep Helena Food Share garden
March 31, 2021 – (KTVH):Both Quinn and Dane spent a good chunk of their Wednesday evening digging and raking dirt at the Helena Food Share Garden. Quinn and Dane are part of Carroll College’s Gardening and Community Health class, led by Professor Gerald Schafer. Read more.
Kids Hunger Coalition Op-Ed: Eliminating Childhood Hunger in Lewis and Clark County
March 17, 2021 – (Helena Independent Record): There are many ways to describe a community – landscape, economic drivers, educational, cultural, and outdoor opportunities, and its citizens’ health and well-being. The Kids Hunger Coalition are Helena-area professionals who believe our children’s health and access to nutritious food are paramount to our collective well-being. Read more.
Helena area organizations join forces to support veterans during the pandemic
Feb 26, 2021 – (KTVH): Click Here
Kid Packs program addresses food insecurity in Helena area
Feb 19, 2021 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share Sees Rise in Families Needing Help During the Pandemic
Feb 4, 2021 – (KTVH): Click Here
AmeriCorps Volunteers Arrive in Montana as Part of Nationwide COVID Response
Jan 30, 2021 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share Sees Increased Need in 2020
Jan 8, 2021 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here

News in 2020

Helena Food Share Distributes Hundreds of Thanksgiving Meals
Nov 23, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Op-Ed: Rising to the Challenge
Nov 15, 2020 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here
Helena Food Share Distributing Holiday Meals to 2500 Families
Nov 21, 2020 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here
MTN challenges community to match $12,000 donation to Helena Food Share
May 29, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share participating in Farmers to Families Food Box Program
May 25, 2020 – (KURL-8): Click Here 
Farmers to Families: Helena Food Share distributes 18K pounds of produce in first week of new program
May 26, 2020 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here
Helena Food Share begins Farmers to Families Food Box Program
May 24, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Photographer gives back to Helena Food Share through artistic talent
May 11, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Photographer gives back to Helena Food Share through artistic talent
April 30, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Beargrass Trading Company hosts online auction for Helena Food Share
April 17, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Downtown businesses auctioning wares to benefit Helena Food Share
April 16, 2020 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here
Troop 214 donates to the Helena Food Share with 'flagged houses'
April 16, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share temporarily closing East Helena pantry
April 13, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share has a waiting list for volunteers
April 8, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share receiving hogs from Elk Creek Colony
April 3, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here
Montana Food Banks Seek Donations As Demand Spikes Due To Coronavirus
March 20, 2020 – (Montana Public Radio): Click Here
Helena Food Share encourages those affected by COVID-19 closures to reach out if they face hunger
March 17, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here 
Feature photo: From Doorsteps to Kid Packs for the Helena Food Share
March 4, 2020 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here
Helena Food Share prepares for Doorsteps to Kid Packs Food Drive
February 28, 2020 – (KTVH): Click Here 

News in 2019

Helena Food Share distributes hundreds of holiday meals
December 20, 2019 – (KTVH): Click Here
Chili Cook-off Benefits Helena Food Share
September 30, 2019 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share kicks off Kid Pack fundraising campaign
September 11, 2019 – (KTVH): Click Here
Helena Food Share launches Kid Pack Challenge Fundraiser
September 11, 2019 – (Helena Independent Record): Click Here
Helena Food Share Extending Services to Community
September 9, 2019 – Click Here
Helena Food Share Launches Kid Pack Challenge, Seeks Donations to Help Fund Annual Kid Pack Program
September 9, 2019 – Click Here
Helena Food Share Announces New Hours Beginning September 1, 2019
September 2, 2019 – Click Here

Stampede Out Hunger Food Drive for Helena Food Share

Helena’s Symphony Under the Stars collects cans for Food Share

Food Share fights food waste and hunger in Helena

Helena Food Share thanks community with Summer Lot Party

St. Peter’s Health and HFS team up to bring fresh produce to the pantry

State agency holds food drive to benefit Helena Food Share

Shutdown assistance available through Helena Food Share

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