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Over $135,000 in No Kid Hungry grants given to seven Montana communities

Posted at 10:21 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 16:52:06-04

On Friday, Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock along with Montana No Kid Hungry announced grants to seven Montana communities, totaling more than $135,000 to help address food access gaps around the state related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Here is a list of school districts that received the grant:

  • Butte School District - $33,500
  • Farm to School of Park County - $50,000
  • Wibaux K-12 Schools - $5,000
  • Anaconda School District - $14,750
  • Montana Food Bank Network - $15,000
  • Box Elder Public Schools - $7,700
  • Huntley Project Schools - $9,400

Additionally, Kalispell Public Schools was awarded a Montana No Kid Hungry grant of $15,000 last week.

The Montana No Kid Hungry emergency relief grants are made possible by generous donations from Montana funders, including Walmart, Llewellyn Foundation, Montana Association of REALTORS, Signal Peak Energy, Angora Ridge Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank.

Each organization is using the grant funds differently to respond to local need.

Many school districts are using grant funds to operate and sustain Grab N’ Go meal services for families who previously relied on school meals, as well as families finding themselves in need of new support since suffering impacts of COVID-19.

In order to meet the needs in their communities, school staff are going above and beyond their normal job duties.

Box Elder Public Schools, for example, plans to use grant funds to deliver meals to 150 children who are not part of the district.

If your organization needs funding or you would like more information, reach out to Jenny Martini at jenny.martini@mt.gov .

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