Blank Foundation donates $165K to area nonprofits in response to virus

Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, March 20, 2020

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced Friday it will donate $165,000 to various nonprofits in the area in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including $20,000 for the Livingston Food Resource Center.

The LFRC has been providing meals to seniors, families, children and anyone else who needs help during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s just amazing, it’s just wonderful,” LFRC Director Michael McCormick said of the donation.

The LFRC’s capacity is being stretched by record distribution numbers, McCormick said. Food supplies are being hit very hard and very fast, he said, but this grant will enable the LFRC to acquire more food for distribution.

Thursday the LFRC served more than 100 households, McCormick said. He noted plenty of other organizations and individuals have contributed to the LFRC as well.

“This is such an amazing community. If anyone can get through this stronger and better on the other side, it’s Livingston,” McCormick said.

The Blank Foundation donations also include $50,000 to the Human Resource Development Council, according to the release, to help find alternative housing for the homeless population.

Both the HRDC’s Livingston warming center and Bozeman warming center were closed for overnight shelter Wednesday.

The rest of the Montana donations, per the release: $50,000 to Hopa Mountain, $25,000 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and $20,000 to the Healthy Gallatin Campaign.