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Food Bank Finds New Place, Needs New Leader

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With more than a million dollars in donations, the North Valley Food Bank in Whitefish is up and running in a new building.

Construction began in April. Now, some $1.5 million later, the food bank is doling out the goods at their new, over 4,700 square foot location off Baker Avenue, near the Whitefish police station.

"People are standing in the street, the sidewalk. There's cars crowded together. It was a dangerous situation," recalled June Munski-Feenan, the executive director of the food bank.

Munski-Feenan says that they needed the extra space badly. The food bank is open only on Thursdays, between noon and 2:00 p.m. Last week, she estimates about sixty families came through the doors. That is on top of about forty home deliveries they make each week.

With the high demand, food bank volunteers say they can not just wait for donations to come in, they have to also go out and get them.

"I'm on a first name basis with the game warden. He calls me at any time, day or night, and I usually go out to retrieve the animals when I can," said Jerry Quinn, a volunteer with the food bank for more than two decades.

Quinn says game comes in year-round. Just this past hunting season brought in about twenty deer and five elk that can now be stored in one of the new freezers.

It is not all about food though.

"The townspeople have built a beautiful building and... It's going to be more than just the food bank," explained Munski-Feenan.

The new space is about 80% complete. The kitchen is one of the areas that still needs a little bit more work, but they already started giving out food last Thursday, December 5.

Munski-Feenan hopes to hold classes and community events in the space as soon as this summer, although she may not be at the helm to see it happen.

"I'll stick with them until we find someone that will come in and try it out and see what they think about it," said Munski-Feenan.

Munski-Feenan says she has a short list of people she thinks can fill her shoes.

The old location on East First Street has already been sold.

Call 406.862.5863 if you would like to volunteer or if you want more information about the North Valley Food Bank.

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