BUTTE- On Tuesday, April 4, Butte/Silver Bow Chief Executive Dave Palmer will join city and county leaders across the country in a day of recognition to highlight the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps service in Butte.

Palmer will participate in the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service by helping Hillcrest Elementary student volunteers plant seeds for the Butte Emergency Food Bank’s garden plot at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

The nation’s counties and cities are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to address county challenges at a time of fiscal constraint. More than 30 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serve in Butte, providing support to local residents in the education, sustainable energy, community service, and conservation sectors.

The activities in Butte are part of a national bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back.

WHAT: On Tuesday, April 4th, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. AmeriCorps National Service members and partner organizations will carry out a day of service to benefit Butte’s Emergency Food Bank. In celebration of the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service, Hillcrest Elementary students will be planting seeds for the Food Bank’s garden plot located at NCAT and volunteers will be collecting Food Bank items at Butte’s grocery stores.

WHO: Butte Emergency Food Bank, Energy Corps, FoodCorps, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Montana Tech’s Institute for Higher Education, Hillcrest Elementary School, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Chief Executive Dave Palmer will speak about national service at NCAT at 2 p.m. and again at the Butte Emergency Food Bank’s annual Empty Bowls event on April 5.

WHERE AND WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., NCAT, 3040 Continental Drive, Butte, MT 59701. Weather permitting. In case of bad weather, seed planting will be at Hillcrest Elementary School, 3000 Continental Drive, Butte, MT 59701
• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Three Bears, Stokes, Safeway (both locations), and Walmart. Service members and volunteers will be collecting food and household items at these locations.

WHY: The Butte Emergency Food Bank operates with the intention that no individual or family in the community experiences the fear and pain of hunger. Each year they distribute about 1,200,000 pounds of food to Butte area residents, including– canned goods; boxed and bagged food; baby food and formula, diapers, and baby products; milk; bread and bakery items; meat and more, serving about 2,800 people each month. Chief Executive Dave Palmer supports AmeriCorps members, Food Bank staff, and volunteers as they highlight the importance of community service in Butte in celebration of Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

For more information, please contact FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member Marisa Kanemitsu at (406) 533-6644 or marisa.kanemitsu@foodcorps.org