FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank has announced a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help fight hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education and outreach. SNAP is a federal assistance program working to fight hunger in America.
More than 70 percent of SNAP benefits go to households with children yet 17 percent of Americans eligible for SNAP currently do not receive this benefit. Only 41 percent of eligible seniors are enrolled.
With this grant, the Great Plains Food Bank hopes to scale access to SNAP among eligible households, with particular emphasis on reaching seniors, families with children, and other vulnerable populations.
“No one should worry about where they will find their next meal. Every day, the Great Plains Food Bank helps to provide food to the one in nine people who struggle with hunger throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota,” Great Plains Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Steve Sellent said. “But we can’t end hunger alone. Programs like SNAP help to fill a critical gap for people in need.”
SNAP provides more than nutrition assistance; it helps improve families’ overall well-being. With lower grocery bills, people are better able to pay for other basic necessities—rent or mortgages, medical expenses, utilities and transportation. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service Report, SNAP is critical to moving families into long-term food security.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks. The Walmart Foundation has now given $100,000 in grants to the Great Plains Food Bank since 2015.
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.