The Story of Cole's Pantry
In 2010, Fallon Pelican joined Bridger FCCLA. She had an idea to start a charity in memory of her little brother Cole who died in a horseback riding accident in 2009.
A dinner/dance/silent auction was held to raise money for a new foundation called Cole’s Western Wishes. After meeting with Cole’s mother it was decided that a program would be started to provide weekend food for needy kids in Bridger schools. And so Cole's Pantry was born. Started with a $500 grant from the foundation, food was provided for 11 kids in 8 families. As support for the program grew it spread to Fromberg, then Laurel, Glasgow, Shepherd, Red Lodge, Deer Lodge and Huntley. In 2018 Cole’s Pantry was sending home food for the weekends to over 500 kids a per week during the school year. New Programs are added on a quarterly basis.
In 2017 Cole's Pantry received the Governor’s Award for community service. The programs are run by students under the guidance of an adult adviser. No tax or government money is received, the programs are are funded solely through donations of food and money. One major fund raiser has been held each year, but in order for the program to spread to other rural schools in Montana, more is needed. Carol Brumfield and Platinum Salon of Billings conceived the First Annual Cole’s Pantry Dinner, Dance, and Auction held October 12th, 2018 at the Columbia Club in Billings. The event received such an outpouring of support that we've had to get a bigger venue for the next one. The Second Annual Cole's Pantry Dinner, Dance, and Auction will be held at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark in Billings, MT.
It was started with love...and so it grew.