Helena Food Share discusses plans for new building on former Caird site

Phil Drake

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 on Thursday with members of Hometown Helena. The goal is to begin construction in the spring at the location of the former Caird Engineering Works site at 1225 Boulder Ave. and move about a half-mile west from their current 1616 Lewis St. location, where they have been since 2000, by early fall 2024.

“This is an important project for us, it addresses needs long overdue,” he said, noting they now operate out of three separate buildings and will be able to work from one location.

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Day said they have raised nearly $6 million toward an $8 million goal, adding they have secured commitments from a variety of sources.

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