For Immediate Release
As grocery store shelves go bare the Poverello Center struggles to have enough food to serve
Jesse Jaeger, Director of Development & Advocacy
Missoula, MT – On any given week the Poverello Center’s Food Rescue Program gathers 8,000 to 13,000 lbs of food from grocery stores to serve 400 to 600 meals a day out of their soup kitchen. This food makes up about 90% of the meals that the Pov’s soup kitchen serves. With grocery stores struggling to keep up with demand, the Poverello Center has seen a 50% drop in food coming in through the Food Rescue Program.
“The Food Rescue Program is absolutely critical to making sure we have enough food to serve each day,” Jared Bell, Poverello Center Food Services Manager, said. “We are so thankful for our partnership with local grocery stores, but as people buy larger than normal quantities of food, there is very little they can do. The consequences then fall down to us, making it harder to meet our mission to serve three healthy meals a day.”
The Poverello Center’s Soup Kitchen is a critical resource for hundreds of Missoulians experiencing food insecurity in our community. Each day, a dedicated team of volunteers, guests of the Pov, and Poverello Center staff work hard to make healthy meals for people who do not have enough food. The Pov’s soup kitchen serves guests of the Poverello Center as well as many people in the community needing an extra meal to help them extend their paycheck.
The community can help the Poverello Center by donating the following items:
- Starches (like noodles, rice and potatoes)
- Sandwich making supplies (like bread, sliced meat, cheese, and condiments)
- Non-perishable canned foods
In addition to food donations, the Poverello Center could use donations of cleaning supplies and toilet paper.
When bringing your donation to the Poverello Center, the staff will be happy to meet donors outside to collect donations. The Poverello Center is trying to limit the number of people coming into the building to protect our most vulnerable guests. Just call (406) 529-5643 and a staff person will come outside and meet you.
Restaurants who have closed because of the COVID-19 crisis and who would like to donate their excess food can call (406) 529-5643 and the Poverello Center can arrange to pick it up.