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Food Banks Hurting For Help After Holidays

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Flathead Food Bank is just one of many that gets less help right after the holidays.

The Flathead Food Bank depends on volunteers like Gary Hurt. During the holidays, the Food Bank sees a surge in giving, and then a slump in the new year. Just because the Christmas trees are not lit up anymore does not mean Hurt is going anywhere.

"One of the main reasons I got involved with the Food Bank: I lost my wife a while back and I went through a time of grieving," explained Hurt.

Something amazing has come out of something tragic.

"I receive more than what I give because it's opened my life up to new areas that I didn't know was there for me," said Hurt.

Dedication like Hurt's is rare. Western States says once the new year hits, food banks can see a more than 30% drop in donations, so they, along with Wells Fargo and Albertsons, are teaming up to get almost half a million pounds of food to food banks all across the Northwest.

"January and February are the months that decline the most for donations," said Chris Jarrett with Western States.

This is the largest goal the Dump Hunger campaign has ever aimed for in all of its six years.

"Those needs don't drop off after those holidays. There are still families in need," said Jarrett.

"I look forward to it every day," said Hurt.

If you want to lend a hand, you can drop of food or money at Albertsons, Western States, or Wells Fargo in Kalispell and Missoula.

The food drive wraps up on February 8.

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