COVID-19 Response: Food Relief





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Kalispell, Montana

Total Budget: $5,000

Area of Focus: Maternal and child health

Activity Type: Health: General

Summary: To provide immediate financial support to the Flathead Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer support when public health permits, and conduct a public awareness campaign to ensure continued food support to those in need

Flathead Food Bank (FFB) and all local food providers are working at maximum capacity to respond to rapidly increasing demands for essential food supplies, due to COVID-19 related school and business closures and job loss. Some examples: FFB's curbside pickup is serving 600 households per week; weekend food backpacks for children have doubled, and FFB delivered fresh and shelf stable food to 225 senior apartments in one day. Flathead Food Bank also serves as a distribution center for communities as far away as Libby, Eureka and Browning. Donations of food items are always welcomed; however, financial donations have the most impact given FFB's very strong purchasing power which can provide a meal for just 60 cents.

Our project budget will immediately provide important financial support for Flathead Food Bank. If we are fully funded at $5,000 this translates into 8,300 meals provided to individuals and families in need.

When public health and safety permits, Rotarians will again volunteer where needed in the food bank warehouse, packing food bags for households and backpacks for children, and making deliveries to food distribution locations such as area schools.

RC Kalispell will continue its efforts to raise awareness and support with another public awareness campaign (August-September) about food insecurity in the Flathead, the vital work of area food banks, and the needs they are addressing during this pandemic and every day. We will partner with FFB and other Flathead area food banks, our school districts, local media, and public health experts to accomplish these goals.

By providing funds to supply food for 8,333 meals, our project will immediately benefit children and adults in our community who depend in increasing numbers on local food banks and food programs for essential nutrition. This project will also contribute to a safer, healthier, and even more collaborative community as we work together to address food needs due to the COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing challenge of food insecurity in the Flathead.

Project Contact Person

District: 5390

Rotary Club of: Kalispell

Primary Contact: Lucy Smith

Email: l3s1nmt@gmail.com

Project Status

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Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

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History Log Entries


by Lucy Smith

Project application and budget submitted for Rotary Club of Kalispell

Title: COVID-19 Response: Food Relief


by Lucy Smith

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Lucy Smith

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Lucy Smith

System Entry: Project signed by Lucy Smith.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Kelly Bilau.


by Joseph Carbonari

System Entry: Project signed by Joseph Carbonari.


by Brian T Furey

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Lucy Smith

December 27 progress report submitted to grant documents


by Sue Carstens

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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