KALISPELL – The Flathead Meals Financial institution has been a staple in Northwest Montana since 1982, distributing tens of millions of kilos of meals annually to neighborhood members in want.
“We’ve got been at house for a very long time; it was time to lastly personal, ”stated Jamie Quinn, director of the Flathead Meals Financial institution.
The meals financial institution in Kalispell has formally bought the house they’ve rented and operated since 2009 on the Gateway Group Heart.
Quinn says the acquisition takes years to finish and permits the meals financial institution to increase inside its present house and change into a Northwest regional warehouse for a number of counties within the space.
“We wish to have the ability to actually proceed what we have been doing, however to do it on a extra environment friendly and actual professional degree,” Quinn advised MTN Information.
Quinn says establishing a regional warehouse means the meals financial institution wouldn’t should depend on the Montana Meals Financial institution Community in Missoula for meals provide, which would scale back meals supply wait instances for extra rural areas just like the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning.
She says the plan is to have the regional warehouse up and operating within the subsequent few months, “realistically hoping that possibly it is April, but when not, we’re ready possibly six months or much less.”
The Northwest Montana United Manner, which owns the Gateway Group Heart, offered the house to the meals financial institution with the concept the middle would change into a hub for native nonprofits.
United Manner Govt Director Roxanna Parker says she is delighted that the meals financial institution is changing into a everlasting member of the Heart.
“Having the Flathead Meals Financial institution right here matches in completely with the mission, the imaginative and prescient of the Gateway Group Heart, however it additionally is smart.”
Quinn says the meals financial institution distributed slightly below three.5 million kilos of meals in 2020, greater than double the quantity of distribution in a median yr.
She says that donations from neighborhood members, each giant and small, assist the meals financial institution run easily day after day.
“We have been so lucky to know that we have by no means needed to fear and surprise if on the finish of a distribution time we’d run out of meals earlier than we ran out of vehicles,” Quinn stated. “In order that’s an excellent factor to be very grateful for is that the neighborhood has made certain that meals security is admittedly necessary.”
Quinn says that further enlargement concepts for the meals financial institution embrace a brand new business kitchen and meals processing space.
The Flathead Meals Financial institution delivered practically 60,000 kilos of meals to Blackfeet Nation in September throughout its 14-day emergency shutdown.