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Great Plains Food Bank announces Agency of the Year
July 17, 2013 - The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, has named May-Port Food Pantry as its 2012 Agency of the Year at a regional meeting held in Fargo. The Agency of the Year is the highest honor given to one of the Great Plains Food Bank’s 265 hunger relief partner agencies.
“We are thrilled to present this year’s award to the May-Port Food Pantry,” said Melissa Sobolik, director of agency and client services for the Great Plains Food Bank. “They really are one of the shining starts in hunger relief. They operate a client-choice food pantry that restores clients’ dignity by allowing them to “shop” for items. They do an outstanding job of training their volunteers, and we are so proud to partner with them.”
In 2012, the May-Port Food Pantry distributed nearly 27,000 pounds of food, providing for more than 20,000 meals to its hungry neighbors in need.
Agencies are nominated each spring by a volunteer or community member who believes the agency goes above and beyond to serve clients and eliminate hunger. The other nominees were Amidon Community Cupboard (Amidon), AMEN Food Pantry (Dickinson) and the Tri City Food Pantry (Fargo). Past winners include the Belfield Medora Food Pantry and the Cando Food Pantry.
The Great Plains Food Bank and its partner network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs served more than 75,000 individuals in 2012 - touching the lives of 1 in 10 individuals seeking emergency food assistance in North Dakota and western Minnesota.
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About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank engages community partners to end hunger. As the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, the Great Plains Food Bank partner network includes 265 charitable feeding programs operating in 103 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Celebrating its 30th year of service, the Great Plains Food Bank and its statewide partner network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs have distributed food for more than 100 million meals to children seniors and families in need since opening its doors in 1983. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status; and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.