GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK TEAMS UP WITH LAKES & PRAIRIES COMMUNITY ACTION TO FEED FAMILIES IN CLAY COUNTY
Mobile Food Pantry rolls into Barnesville, Glyndon and Ulen
delivering food baskets to those in need
Fargo, ND – May 16, 2011 - The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc. have joined forces to feed families in need throughout Clay County.
For the first time, the Mobile Food Pantry, operated by the Great Plains Food Bank will deliver much needed food supplies to families living with, or at risk of hunger in the communities of Barnesville, Glyndon and Ulen. Along with the food support, Lakes & Prairies Community Action team members will be providing clients with help and assistance regarding other programs or services they may be eligible for to achieve their goals of self-sufficiency.
Today, two Great Plains Food Bank semis filled with hundreds of pre-packed food boxes are scheduled to arrive in Ulen at 10:00AM, Glyndon at 11:30AM and Barnesville at 1:00PM. Individuals and families in need who qualify for the Mobile Food Pantry program will be given a food box filled with enough perishable and self-stable food for a week – helping to ease their tightly-stretched food budgets.
“We know there are folks in Clay County who are struggling to make ends meet. Many have to drive quite a distance to their nearest food pantry,” says Melissa Sobolik, director of member and client services for the Great Plains Food Bank. “Today we’re so excited to bring this food directly to them, in their hometowns. And we know it’s going to take innovative programs like the Mobile Food Pantry, and collaborations like this with Lakes & Prairies Community Action to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our hungry neighbors.”
According to the latest statistics from the Great Plains Food Bank, both services and need for emergency food assistance reached all time highs in 2010, with food for 5.7 million meals provided to more than 66,000 individuals struggling with hunger. In Clay County alone, food for 654,615 meals was provided. Great Plains Food Bank partner agencies reported food shelf visits
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