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Gas Stations Fuel Montana Food Bank Network

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MISSOULA -

A donation to the Montana Food Bank Network translates into more than 71,000 meals.

It's a partnership between Cenex, and its parent company CHS, that's about three years old.

They really make a great team since all the new food won't just stay in Missoula.

The shelves are a little heavier now thanks to barbecues, raffles, and just some generous people at the pumps from Missoula to Cut Bank. They managed to pull in more than $23,000, all for the food bank network.

"Oh, it's been great, said Bill Mathews, the chief development officer for the network, "This is actually the third year that this Harvest for Hunger campaign from CHS and Cenex has been going on."

This is the only group giving out food to many places across the state. The network works with more than 200 agencies and last year they gave them almost 8 million pounds of food. It goes to pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and senior centers.

"It'll go towards buying food for hungry people in Montana," said Mathews.

That would be about one in seven Montanans, which hits about 48,000 kids.

"It just helps provide more meals to people that really need it, and you know if we don't get these funds there's a lot of people that do go hungry," said Mathews.

Since Cenex started giving to the food bank network, they've forked over some $80,000.

Of course, they've always got room for more food, and are happy to take donations.

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