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James Green Donation Supports Backpack Program

Foundation Makes Five-Year Commitment
Childhood hunger exists in Cass and Clay counties. In fact, 1 in 7 children rely on food supplied by the Great Plains Food Bank and the BackPack Program. At Madison Elementary School in North Fargo, 80% of the students receive free or reduced meals.
James Green was an early businessman in Fargo, owning Cook Drug Store on Broadway by the Powers Hotel from 1928 until 1947. Mr. Green designated 75% of his assets to create the James Green Fund at the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation through a trust he created in 1974. The trust was implemented in 2010, after the death of his daughter, with income becoming available to award in 2012.
James Green’s instructions were to create a permanent fund that would annually support nonprofit organizations who serve handicapped or underprivileged children, preferably in North Dakota, and without discrimination as to race or religion.
The Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation will present a $100,000 check to the Great Plains Food Bank on Wednesday, September 19th at 10:30 am. in the gym at Madison Elementary School. The check represents a five-year commitment by the Foundation to underwrite the cost of the BackPack Food Program at Madison Elementary; the school with the highest percentage of free and reduced meals within the community. An NDSU research team will evaluate the impact of the program over the five- year period on program participants.
“We are so pleased to be able to make this important commitment to this important program. We at the Foundation truly believe that no child in our community deserves to be hungry; this commitment will provide stable support to an important neighborhood in our community,” states Tim Beaton, Foundation Executive Director.

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