Flathead Food Bank hosts donation drives


KALISPELL, Mont. - The Flathead Food Bank is hosting food drives throughout November to help provide holiday food for people who may not have the money to afford it themselves.

On Friday the food bank hosted a Stuff the Bus event at Super 1 Foods in Evergreen.

For a Stuff the Bus event volunteers hand out a list of what shoppers can buy for the bus, hoping that they will donate holiday items when they are leaving the store. Items like canned cranberries and frozen turkeys are needed, and organizers want to collect 12,000 pounds of holiday food. Even cash donations are accepted, and volunteers will use the money to buy food for the bus.

Flathead Food Bank director of development and community relations Bob Helder appreciates how much the community supports the food bank.

"Often the people will come through, and they will hand us a turkey, and they hand us these groceries, and they have tears in their eyes, because at one time they had come to the food bank, or there's someone on their street who's hungry. It's there way of giving back and really loving on people during this holiday season," said Helder.

The Flathead Food Bank will also be at Walmart in Kalispell Saturday afternoon for another Stuff the Bus event.