Many local banks are coming together to help out another. The annual Food Bank Challenge is going on now, and many local banks are already stocking up. The Food Bank Challenge kicked off on September ninth and is currently in full swing around the Great Falls community with 18 different donation locations. Todd Neighbor, a branch manager of U.S. Bank, said the Food Bank Challenge is not only a friendly competition between the banks, but a great way to give back to the community.
"This is one thing the employees initiated and they thought was important to our community and that's why we got involved," said Neighbor.
Some of the banks involved include local branches of U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, First Interstate Bank, Stockman Bank, Mountain West Bank and Prairie Mountain Bank.
In the past five years, all of the banks have been able to collect over 45,000 pounds of food, but Neighbor said cash is also accepted.
"We had one instance at the air force base location where we had a young military officer that was just new on base. He had gotten a hundred dollar birthday check from his parents and he was in to cash it. Instead of taking the cash he donated it all to the food bank."
Dave Abbott, the director of the Great Falls Community Food Bank, said the help from the banks makes a huge difference.
"The food bank lives solely off of donations. We don't get any government funding or anything like that, so obviously when we get support like this from the banks its huge for us. That's why we live. That's what we need to help families in our community. If we didn't have that support we wont know what we would do."
The last day to donate is September twentieth. Abbott encourages people to drop off foods, such as peanut butter and tuna fish, at their local banks.