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Our Work

Food Distribution

Food Distribution Program

The USDA estimates that 27% of all food produced in the United States never makes it to the dinner table. This at the same time thousands of children, seniors and working parents across North Dakota and western Minnesota are living with, or at immediate risk, of hunger. Our role at the Great Plains Food Bank is to get this surplus food from those who have it, to those who need it.


Where Does the Food Come From?
Since 1983, we have been partnering with hundreds of food industry partners to recover their surplus shelf-stable and perishable food product. Food that would otherwise go to waste. Our partners include local, regional and national growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, federal and state government food programs, food drives and Feeding America, the nation's food bank network.

The Great Plains Food Bank On a daily basis our team solicits, safely handles, sorts, repacks and prepares this food and grocery product for monthly distribution to our 215 partner agency feeding programs across North Dakota and Clay County, MN. Annually we deliver more than 11.4 million pounds.


Our Partner Network
This network is comprised of soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, afterschool programs, senior meal sites and other non-profit organizations who serve and distribute food to people in need. Last year alone, our network served 94,430 people; 36% children and 11% seniors.

Our Neighbors in Need
Many people benefit from the efforts of our food industry donors, our volunteers and financial supporters and our partner agency network. Our programs and services reach the elderly, children, the working poor, single-parent families, the homeless and the newly unemployed.

Together we can solve hunger.


© Great Plains Food Bank 2018