FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank has named the Gackle Area Community Food Pantry as its 2016 Agency of the Year. This is the highest honor given annually to one of the Great Plains Food Bank’s 215 partner agencies.
Housed entirely inside the Gackle Fire Department facility, the Gackle Area Community Food Pantry is community driven and could not function without local support from food drives, donations and volunteers. They serve an average of 125 individuals and distribute 1.34 tons of food each month.
Their service extends to the local school where for the past three years elementary students have opted to host food drives around the holidays instead of exchanging gifts between students. The friendly competition between classes yields more than 600 pounds of food for the pantry each year.
“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the Gackle Area Community Food Pantry as our 2016 Agency of the Year for their exceptional efforts in the fight to end hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Our partner agencies are integral to supplying food assistance throughout the state of North Dakota and western Minnesota and we thank the Gackle Area Community Food Pantry for their service.”
Past winners of the Great Plains Food Bank Agency of the Year Award includes the Mott Food Pantry, Cando Food Pantry, Belfield Medora Food Pantry and Ministry on the Margins.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 215 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 133 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.