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Great Plains Food Bank announces 2015 community partners for outstanding efforts in hunger relief
March 21, 2016– The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, has named four statewide partners as 2015 Hunger Relief Champions. Those recognized are Karen Ehrens, Marcia Euren, and Dan and Beatrice Faust. All four of these outstanding individuals have longstanding partnerships with the Great Plains Food Bank, are committed to our mission, and make extraordinary contributions to end hunger in their communities.
“Their heartfelt compassion for our many neighbors struggling with hunger, and belief in the work that we do, embodies the spirit of this award,” said Steve Sellent, program director for the Great Plains Food Bank. “We are honored to have these individuals helping lead the way.”
Karen Ehrens, Bismarck, N.D.
Karen is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian and policy advocate. She is a consultant for Healthy North Dakota and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Local Foods Initiative; and a facilitator of Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition. Karen has been a tireless advocate for hunger relief in our state with a focus on healthy food.
Marcia Euren, Fargo, N.D.
Marcia is an integral part of the Great Plains Food Bank team, serving as a full-time volunteer since 2012. She is responsible for tracking food donations from our many statewide retail store donors, as well as noting distribution of this product to hundreds of our partner agencies. Last year she managed the accurate accounting of more than 2 million pounds of product, sharing 2,674 hours of her time, valued at $67,197.
Dan and Beatrice Faust, Valley City, N.D.
The Fausts farm south of Valley City, N.D. For the past six years, they have worked in partnership with hundreds of Valley City State University freshmen to harvest squash, corn, beets, tomatoes and cabbage they specifically planted for distribution through the Great Plains Food Bank. In all, their incredible donation of 318, 016 pounds of fresh produce has reached children, seniors and families in need across North Dakota.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 228food pantries, shelters, soup kitchensoperating in 117 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983 the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed 159.6 million pounds of food for more than 133 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.