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Great Plains Food Bank receives $50,000 grant from Walmart Foundation to help fight childhood hunger

FARGO, N.D. - The Great Plains Food Bank has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to bolster its efforts to combat childhood hunger across North Dakota and western Minnesota. Specifically, the grant will help expand the hunger-relief organization’s BackPack Program, Youth Summer Meals Program and School Pantry Program.

“Helping to fight childhood hunger is among our top priorities at the Great Plains Food Bank,” said Steve Sellent, CEO, Great Plains Food Bank. “This grant will make a big difference for many children unsure where their next meal is coming from. We thank Walmart for their continued strong support and commitment in the fight to end hunger.”

During the school year, more than 33,000 children across North Dakota qualify for and greatly rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program to meet their daily nutritional needs. During the school year, the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program provides meals and snacks to help children get through the weekend, when nutritious food may not be readily available. The Youth Summer Meals Program offers a lunch option during the summer months and the School Pantry Program offers resources for food assistance directly inside schools and other locations.

"Local nonprofits like the Great Plains Food Bank have a significant and positive impact on the communities they serve by providing programs that aid in the well-being and improvement of North Dakotans in need," said Matt Armiger, Walmart regional general manager. "We are proud to support this organization in their efforts to fight childhood hunger and provide assistance to those who need it most."

For more information about the Great Plains Food Bank, please visit www.greatplainsfoodbank.org. To learn more about the organization’s childhood hunger programs, please visit FARGO, N.D. - The Great Plains Food Bank has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to bolster its efforts to combat childhood hunger across North Dakota and western Minnesota. Specifically, the grant will help expand the hunger-relief organization’s BackPack Program, Youth Summer Meals Program and School Pantry Program.

“Helping to fight childhood hunger is among our top priorities at the Great Plains Food Bank,” said Steve Sellent, CEO, Great Plains Food Bank. “This grant will make a big difference for many children unsure where their next meal is coming from. We thank Walmart for their continued strong support and commitment in the fight to end hunger.”

During the school year, more than 33,000 children across North Dakota qualify for and greatly rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program to meet their daily nutritional needs. During the school year, the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program provides meals and snacks to help children get through the weekend, when nutritious food may not be readily available. The Youth Summer Meals Program offers a lunch option during the summer months and the School Pantry Program offers resources for food assistance directly inside schools and other locations.

"Local nonprofits like the Great Plains Food Bank have a significant and positive impact on the communities they serve by providing programs that aid in the well-being and improvement of North Dakotans in need," said Matt Armiger, Walmart regional general manager. "We are proud to support this organization in their efforts to fight childhood hunger and provide assistance to those who need it most."

For more information about the Great Plains Food Bank, please visit www.greatplainsfoodbank.org. To learn more about the organization’s childhood hunger programs, please visit http://www.greatplainsfoodbank.org/programs/child-nutrition/.

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.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com

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