Weekly Grocery Program
Provides clients with a limited supply of both perisable and non-perishable food items as well as Pad for Paws pet food distribution. Clients are able to shop for weekly grocery items once per calender week. This program is supported through the grocery rescue program and food doantions. The weekly grocery program is offered at the Lewis Street Pantry, East Helena Pantry, and Mobile Pantry; there are no age or income restrictions for weekly grocieres. For more information visit Get Food.
Monthly Grocery Program
Provides clients with nine meals worth of perisable and non-perisable food items. Clients are able to shop for monthly grocieries once per calender month. This program is supported through the grocery rescue program, food donations, and funding donations for food purchases. The monthly grocery program is offered at the Lewis Street Pantry, East Helena Pantry, and Mobile Pantry; there are no age or income rescrictions for monthly grocieries. For more information visit Get Food.
Helena Food Share assists Rocky Mountain Development Council in distributing federal commodities to qualifying seniors every other month. As the Helena distribution site, HFS serves more than 300 low income seniors through this program. Age and income restrictions do apply for this program. For more information including restrictions and distrbution dates and times visit Seniors.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Helena Food Share offers the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program every summer to qualifying seniors. As one of six Montana towns taking part in the federal grant, the agency receives coupons for qualifying seniors to use at our local Market to purchase Montana grown fruit, vegetables, cut herbs, and honey. No funding is available for administrative expenses. For more information including restrictions and distribution dates and times visit Seniors.
Kid Packs Program
Helena Food Share distributes approximately 500 Kid Packs each week during the school year to Bryant Elementary, Warren Elementary, Broadwater Elementary, Central Elementary, and Headstart. The Kid Packs contain enough non-perisable food items for two meals; school administators give them to children thought to be in need of supplemental weekend nutrition. This program is supported through donated food and funding donations for food purchases. For more information visit Children's Programs.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Distribution
Helena Food Share provides turkeys and side dish items each year to over 1,000 households at Thanksgiving and almost 1,000 families at Christmas. Downtown Helena Inc. and the Lewis and Clark County Library as well as other community organizations hold annual turkey drives. Side dish food items are donated through community food drives and grocery store food drives. St. Mary's Catholic Church assists Helena Food Share as a Thanksgiving distribution site as well and gathering additional food donations.
Helena Food Share distributes surplus food to other non-profit agencies with feeding programs. Thousands of pounds of food are distributed to other agencies like God’s Love, Salvation Army and various group homes and shelters. For a full list of partners visit Partners.
One Meal Bags
When requested by sister agencies (OPA, Lewis and Clark Co. Health Dept., etc.), HFS provides a zip lock bag with easily accessed foods. These bags are given to clients who arrive at an agency office to complete paperwork, but are so hungry that focusing on the task at hand is difficult. All food used for One Meal Bags is donated. This simple program gets food to someone hungry right when they need it, and allows agency staff to keep their own lunch!
Helena Food Share serves the community as a site for volunteerism. Supported work programs, work experience, community service and academic internships are examples of volunteerism at Helena Food Share. For more information on how to volunteer, visit our Volunteer Page.
Helena Food Share trucks run 5 days each week to take advantage of food donations from local grocers and other food vendors. This food is the primary source of support for our Daily Grocery Program. For a list of Grocery Rescue parnterns visit Partners.
Every Fall Helena Food Share holds weekend food drives at Vans Thriftway, Safeway and Albertsons. Symphony Under the Stars, Food for Fines, and the NALC "Postal" Food Drive also serve as food drives to collect much needed items for distribution. Additionally, local companies and churches hold "in-house" food drives often as a team building activitiy. Businesses, community organizations, and/or individuals interested in holding a food drive or helping with a food drive can visit Organize a Food or Fund Drive or contact Helena Food Share at 443-3663.