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Poverello Center Raises Money at Fair Booth

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There are dozens of fun food options to choose from at the Western Montana Fair this year, but one organization uses all of their booth's proceeds to feed community members in need.

Michael Bragg said this was his first summer volunteering with the Poverello Center, and he's been impressed by the high number of Missoula community members who support their fair booth.

Bragg said, "You know, helping some of the people -- we get repeat customers -- we might be helping out of the side instead of out the front…"

Poverello Center employees said in years past, their booth has hauled in more than $10,000 during the week-long fair.

"Oh, I think it being that it's a local charity is important, we're not just here as an organization, we're here for Missoula's community," Bragg said.

Pov employees said they have to give 17% of their earnings back to the fair, but they say there's still a big chunk of change that goes towards the center's soup kitchen.

Every year, Pov crews serve up thousands of corn dogs dipped in homemade batter.

Poverello volunteers said the fan favorite this year -- giant slices of locally grown, fried zucchini. They also offers fresh watermelon and a range of beverages.

The Poverello Center serves up three meals per day -- free of charge -- from their soup kitchen, and employees say they routinely serve more than 130,000 meals to those in need every year.

Missoula-area high schools, churches and dozens of other nonprofit organizations also sell a variety of foods at the fair.

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