The Great Plains Food Bank

The only food bank in the state of North Dakota, the Great Plains Food Bank recovers food that otherwise would go to waste from a range of food industry partners and through its programs and services distributes it to those in need throughout North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. Working with volunteers, food and financial donors, community champions and advocates, we are committed to serving the people in our region each day. With your help, we can achieve our goal of a hunger-free North Dakota and Clay County, Minn, by 2037.

• The Great Plains Food Bank functions as a food recovery and distribution center to recover food that otherwise would go to waste and distribute it to a network of more than 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across the region.

• Opened as the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Area Food Bank on March 22, 1983.

• On November 12, 2020, officially opened regional service center in Bismarck.

• Launched in 2017, our Ending Hunger 2.0 work is working upstream to address the root cause of hunger while helping to reduce the number of food insecure individuals.

• Thousands of volunteers enter our Fargo and Bismarck warehouses each year to pack food to be distributed through our programs and partner feeding sites.

What’s the difference between a food bank and a food pantry?

The Great Plains Food Bank works as a distributer to over 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. On average, the Great Plains Food Bank supplies 80 percent of the food distributed by our food pantry network. This network provides needed food assistance to more than 10,000 households each month.

– North Dakota pantry client
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Today the food I went shopping for I was able to pick out things that I know my family will eat and I know the food is fresh. It enables us to make ends meet.”
– North Dakota pantry client
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Toward the end of the month it becomes a little hectic. We try not to use the food pantry that much unless it’s like it is right now. Our fridge is empty. Our dogs have food, but we don’t.”
– North Dakota pantry client
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Without this place, we would have gone hungry a few times.”


How our food gets to those in need.

Food Donors:

Each year, we recover MILLIONS of pound of food from the food industry, growers and other food donors


More than 2,000 volunteers repack food to be distributed.

Food Distribution:

We operate 9 PROGRAMS to recover and distribute food to combat hunger for children, seniors and those in rural communities. Network of 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens help us feed all of North Dakota and Clay County, Minn.

Feeding Our Neighbors:

More than 100,000 individuals are served each year.

Information compiled from comprehensive Hunger in North Dakota 2018 study and Great Plains Food Bank annual review of statistics.


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