Richland County Food Bank Sees Record Number Of People On Hard Times

The Richland County Food Bank had a record-breaking day on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. It may soon be needed even more.

On Jan. 26 the food bank had the most uses per day with 15 different clients, nine of which were first-time families. Over 1,000 lbs. of food and toiletries were distributed on that day, but January, in general, was a rough month. The food bank is always looking for canned goods but currently, instant milk, nuclear milk, dish soap, and feminine products are needed the most for items that are distributed. What is needed the most, however, is volunteers.

The food bank is only open Mondays and Thursdays for appointments. Candy Markwald, food bank director, said, "Now, with Sidney Sugars folding I'm really concerned. It's going to be a whole new world for us in Sidney, MT." She wants to open a third day during the week. She said, "But to do that we need one stable volunteer that can work from open to close that day. I'm hoping for Wednesday."

The Richland County Food Bank is located at 517 E Main St. They are currently open for appointments Mondays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until the last person is helped. They can be reached by phone at 406-433-8142.


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