Missoula Food Bank to distribute 2,500 turkeys and food baskets on Sunday

Skylar Rispens

The Missoula Food Bank & Community Center will distribute more than 2,500 turkeys on Sunday to ensure those in need can enjoy a holiday meal for Thanksgiving.

The food bank serves more than 2,000 households each month in its free grocery store, assisting more than 6,000 people locally. Food insecurity in Missoula County has been on the rise since the onset of the COVID pandemic and the food bank serves about 500 new households each month.

“More everyday people in our community are left without enough for a traditional holiday meal this year,” said Allison Thompson, executive director of the food bank. “Families shouldn’t have to decide between paying their utilities and having a turkey on their table on Thursday.”

Rising costs for housing, food, transportation, health care and child care have also contributed to the growing number of patrons at the food bank. In 2021, the organization served one in four people in the county.

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“It is disheartening to see more of our neighbors in need but if there is any community that can pull this off, it is this one,” Thompson said.

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