North Valley Food Bank needs baby formula, other basic necessities

    North Valley Food Bank in Whitefish is in need of baby formula. (NBC Montana Photo)

    The winter months can be a busy time for food banks, and a recent request made North Valley Food Bank realize they need more baby formula.

    The Whitefish food bank currently has some baby formula, but executive director Jessy Lee said they gave formula to a new mom at the hospital this week.

    Lee told NBC Montana only some formulas are covered under WIC. It does not cover formula for sensitive babies; that's why she said they need to have more of it.

    The formula has to be unopened and not expired.

    The food bank is short on other items as well.

    "Size 4, 5 and 6 of baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, again they are expensive and can be cost prohibitive to women,” said Lee. “Some of the basic necessities that can't be purchased with SNAP benefits that for some folks are just out of access."

    Lee told NBC Montana they serve about 90 to 120 families a week in Whitefish, and they deliver to about 35 elderly and disabled homes.

    The food bank is always looking for food donations, and people can also give money online by clicking here.

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