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Dakota Plains Cooperative -- Land O Lakes Foundation gift $10,000 to Great Plains Food Bank to address hunger needs in southeast North Dakota

Fargo, ND – February 20, 2012 – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, received $5,000 from Dakota Plains Cooperative and a $5,000 match grant from the Land O Lakes Foundation, providing food for 40,000 meals to children, families and seniors struggling with hunger in southeast North Dakota.

Dakota Plains Cooperative is a locally owned and operated farm supply cooperative, serving the communities of Ashley, Elliott, Forman, Gwinner, LaMoure, Lidgerwood, Lisbon, Litchville, Milnor, Oakes, Valley City and Wyndmere. The Great Plains Food Bank will use this gift to serve these communities by recovering surplus food and grocery product from the food industry and distributing it to individuals and families seeking emergency food assistance at shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the region.

"We are fortunate to have partners like Dakota Plains Cooperative and the Land O Lakes Foundation who are committed to addressing hunger throughout our region," said Steve Sellent, director of the Great Plains Food Bank. "The number of people seeking help at our statewide network of food shelves, soup kitchens and emergency shelters continues to grow, and Dakota Plains Cooperative and Land O Lakes Foundation support will have a significant impact on our ability to meet this need."

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About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank strives for a hunger-free North Dakota and western Minnesota by recovering and distributing surplus food and grocery product, engaging in community partnerships and advocating for social change. In 2011, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 9.4 million pounds of food, valued at over $15 million, touching the lives of more than 71,000 individuals – nearly 40% being children. As the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, our partner network includes 278 charitable feeding programs operating in 97 communities. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a nonprofit social services agency serving one in nine North Dakotans annually from offices in five cities with 19 programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Contact: Marcia Paulson, Great Plains Food Bank (701) 232-6219

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