Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program Celebrates 5 Years
2.15 Million Meals Provided to Neighbors in Need
Bismarck, N.D. – September 30, 2014 - The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, celebrates the 5th Anniversary of its Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program. The Great Plains Food Bank has received tremendous support from hunger-relief partners, including more than 30 local food industry businesses and restaurants, and 18 partner agencies.
“Our food industry partners and our partner network of food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters are instrumental in our work to end hunger,” said Steve Sellent, program director for the Great Plains Food Bank. “Because of their generous gifts of food, passion, and commitment on the front lines to feed our neighbors in need, together we were able to provide food for an amazing 2.15 million meals, and for that we are so grateful.”
The Great Plains Food Bank launched the Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program in 2009. Through the program, surplus prepared meals, frozen and perishable products are rescued from grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, hospitals, colleges, schools, and grocery wholesalers in the Bismarck and Mandan communities and then distributed to shelters, soup kitchens, and emergency food pantries serving children, seniors and families living with, or at risk of hunger.
Making fresh food available for distribution and putting it into the hands of those who need it is in line with the Great Plains Food Bank’s commitment to nutrition. To learn more, visit www.greatplainsfoodbank.org.
Opportunities for Media:
Photo and Video Opportunity: Michael Running is the dedicated driver who picks up the perishable food items from participating locations and delivers them to emergency feeding programs operating in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Michael runs the same route Monday-Friday. He is available for photos and video while on his route. He can be reached at 701-426-4981 to coordinate timing.
Partner Agency Interview Opportunity: Ministry on the Margins, Mike Schneider, Volunteer – 701-255-7040. Ministry on the Margins is a food pantry located in downtown Bismarck that receives product each week from the Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 321 programs (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs) operating in 113 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983 the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 107 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. 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.