The necessity for meals help within the Helena space was excessive in 2020.
Helena Meals Share CEO Bruce Day mentioned that in 2020 the nonprofit meals help group supplied 22,459 companies to three,860 households. And it distributed 2.68 million kilos of meals final 12 months, in comparison with 1.eight million kilos in 2019.
“We now have actually taken plenty of meals out of our doorways and put it on the tables of households on this group,” he mentioned.
Day mentioned the group estimates that 1.2 kilos of meals are wanted for one meal. He mentioned which means it supplied 2.2 million meals in the neighborhood final 12 months, or greater than 180,000 meals a month.
It attributed about 500,000 kilos of the distribution to the Farmers to Meals Field program, which is a part of the federal Coronavirus Reduction, Reduction and Financial Safety Act and supplied meals help to 1,400 households per week for 16 weeks.
Day mentioned meals distribution has been coping with a rising quantity of people that have by no means been to a meals financial institution earlier than. Day mentioned about 100 new households arrive every month, a lot bigger than a 12 months in the past.
“A 12 months in the past we might have had about 50 new households a month as an alternative of 100,” he mentioned.
Day mentioned it feels good to supply meals help to these in want, “however it’s heartbreaking to know that there are such a lot of individuals in the neighborhood who want meals help.”