Great Plains Food Bank History
With the help of a community task force, the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Area Food Bank opened its doors on March 22, 1983, recovering 189,000 pounds of surplus product from the food industry and distributing it to a network of 21 feeding programs in the Fargo-Moorhead community serving the hungry and homeless in its first year of operation.
The program was renamed the Great Plains Food Bank after just 15 months to reflect a growing service area and rising food donations. As the need for services continued to grow, innovative programs to recover surplus meals and perishable foods, fresh produce, surplus new children’s clothing, rural outreach services in underserved communities, and targeted programs to tackle childhood hunger were added.
Today, with the help of hundreds of food donors and thousands of volunteers and financial supporters, the Great Plains Food Bank distributes over 11 million pounds of food to more than 260 charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota.