Symphony Under the Stars breaks record for food donations

Mariah Thomas

This year’s Symphony Under the Stars broke its record for food donations to the Helena Food Share.

Typically, the event, hosted at Carroll College, produces around 18,000 pounds of food donations each year. But this year, event organizers set a record-breaking goal to collect 22,000 pounds of food. And, according to a July 17 Facebook post from the Helena Food Share, this year’s event accomplished its goal, producing over 24,000 pounds of food donations.

“Thanks to everyone who brought food, all our amazing volunteers who helped collect cans, @406recycling who lent us their large truck to help hold all the food, and to @helenasymphony @intrepidcreditunion and @carrollcollegemt for making food collection a part of this outstanding summer event,” the post stated. 

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