The Flathead Food Bank opened a thrift store in Kalispell after they suffered massive budget cuts, but organizers say they need more customers to keep meeting the demand of hungry families. Second Helpings has become the primary source of funding for the food bank, but the group?s executive director says they?re only seeing 20 percent of the store?s capacity for customers.
One of the ways they?re drawing folks to the store is with half-off sales. On the first three days of every month, everything in the store is half off. Second Helpings? next sale kicks off on Tuesday.
Executive Director Lori Botkin says the demand for meals among hungry Flathead families is still high.
?Our pantries are very, very busy,? said Botkin. ?And right now although, were not in crisis, don?t get me wrong, we?re not in crisis, but our food supplies are lower than they?ve been since we got to this building two and a half years ago.?