Early in the morning Wednesday, May 8th, the Poverello Center experienced a significant plumbing failure that impacted the kitchen, men’s dormitory and some storage spaces. Due to this issue they lost ALL of their food, just a disaster.

The Poverello Center’s kitchen, which serves 400 to 500 meals a day, will be closed until Friday, May 10th, and possibly longer. The Poverello staff are working with community partners, including the Missoula Food Bank, to make a plan for how to continue to serve meals to their clients during the closure.

To meet the food needs of clients for the next couple of days they will need to make about 3500 sack lunches. First United Methodist Church (300 East Main St. Missoula, MT 59802) will be allowing the Poverello Center to use their commercial kitchen to make lunches. Here's where you come in.

Volunteers are needed today (May 9th) and tomorrow to assemble sack lunches. You can easily follow this link to sign up for volunteer shifts. 

Food donations are also needed to make these lunches. The following donations can be delivered to First United Methodist Church (across from the Missoula Public Library) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. today and tomorrow:

  • Bread
  • Sandwich Meat
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Granola Bars
  • Single serving packaged chips
  • Bottled Water
  • Apples, Oranges and Bananas
  • Plastic Sandwich Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Plastic grocery bags or paper lunch bags

Please deliver these items to First United Methodist Church and not the Poverello Center.

Eventually the Poverello Center will need food donations for the soup kitchen but ask that community members wait until the kitchen re-opens to bring in those donations because they currently do not have space to store them, it's kind of a mess over there.

The Poverello Center staff are working diligently to get the soup kitchen re-opened but until then we need your help to make sure our clients can get the meals that they need.

Let's do this Missoula! The staff at the Pov, Providence St. Pat's and most certainly the clients are endlessly grateful for your generosity.