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Missoula Food Bank Kicks off Holiday Drive

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MISSOULA -

Missoula Food Bank's 28th annual holiday food drive kicked off on Tuesday-- the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year.

Food bank officials said they hope to raise $200,000 and bring in 50,000 pounds of food through December 31.

They said last December, they fell short of both goals last December, and struggled to make up the difference over the past year.

However, officials said they still increased the amount of money they're trying to raise this month by $25,000.

"That's because, with our purchasing power, we're going to be able to purchase more food with a dollar than someone would be able to at the store, so we're really focusing on those bulk buys," said Jessica Allred of Missoula Food Bank.

Food bank officials said they'll use the funds to purchase truck loads of food to keep the shelves stocked through the winter.

Click here for directions on how to make a donation.

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