Gayle Carlson, chief executive officer of the Montana Food Bank Network, and Bill Mathews, chief development officer, stand in the organization’s warehouse in Missoula last fall. Wednesday, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation announced it has awarded $450,000 to frontline organizations throughout Montana that can support people’s basic needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montana Food Bank Network is among the recipients and counts 380 partners across the state.
The award includes $300,000 in direct grants for emergency response to the health crisis and an additional $150,000 in matching grant opportunities. If all the organizations leverage the 50% match, the total amount that will support safety net programs will be $600,000, including the $450,000 from the Washington Foundation.
Washington Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan said the recipients based in 47 of the state’s 56 counties all are critically important to helping Montana’s most vulnerable citizens. Most are food banks and pantries, and he said the