The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, working with the Missoula-based Montana Food Bank Network, has selected 79 food banks, food pantries, rescue missions and homeless shelters across Montana to receive additional grant funds to aid them in helping Montana’s most vulnerable citizens. The Foundation’s special Holiday Giving Program is designed to give an extra boost to basic needs organizations around the holiday season.
“Basic needs organizations continuously struggle to meet the growing demand for their services, especially during the holiday season,” Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan said. “Our goal with this extra donation is to get badly needed resources into the hands of the staff and volunteers of these critically important organizations in order to meet the food and shelter needs of our fellow Montanans.”
In Montana, 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger and 1 in 6 Montana children live in homes that face food insecurity, putting them at risk of hunger. Good nutrition, particularly in the early years of life, is important for establishing a solid foundation that affects a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.
About the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is the major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington Family. The Foundation strives to better the human condition by supporting programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the quality of their lives and to benefit society as a whole. Funding for the Foundation comes from personal contributions from the Washington Family and annual contributions from The Washington Companies. Since its inception in 1988, Foundation giving and the Washington Family’s personal contributions and pledges to charitable causes total more than a third of a billion dollars.