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OUR ANNUAL REPORT

DEAR PARTNERS IN HUNGER-RELIEF

As we reflect back on the past year, several words come to mind that portray our journey. Resiliency. Gratitude. Pivot. Partners. And yes, even Celebration.

We recently had the privilege of meeting Barilynn Everett at our mobile food pantry distribution in Twin Buttes. Her bright smile and personality were contagious as she waited her turn in line to receive a box of food you so generously helped provide. She managed to find time to sneak away from pursuing her degree in business management at United Tribes Technical College and from her job working inside Tribal housing to pick up the food necessary to feed her family. Times have been difficult for the family following her mother’s cancer diagnosis and the many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, she showed GRATITUDE, and RESILIENCY in the face of obstacles, just as we at the Great Plains Food Bank have while meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors. We invite you to read more about Barilynn’s story on page six of this annual report.

We continue to PIVOT daily in response to the longer-than-expected COVID-19 pandemic. While we hoped by now it would be in the rearview mirror, it continues to be a serious burden for many families, children and seniors across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. Although we did serve fewer individuals last year than in 2020, the number of individuals facing food insecurity last year are roughly 20,000 more people than at any point prior to the pandemic. It is a reminder of the crucial role we all play in our communities knowing that hunger now impacts one in six individuals across North Dakota – one in four are children.

While we certainly encountered challenges, we also made time to CELEBRATE the exciting and transformational progress made over the last year as well. We welcomed Melissa Sobolik as just the second CEO in the 39-year history of the Great Plains Food Bank. Her appointment follows the retirement of longtime CEO Steve Sellent, who was hired as the organization’s first director and dedicated 31 years of his life passionately working to end hunger. We launched a new strategic plan that will guide our work through 2025, that includes three audacious, bold goals aimed at ending hunger today, tomorrow and for good.

All of this was only possible because of you – our PARTNERS. As you look through the pages of this annual report, you’ll see contributions made by supporters, donors, volunteers and advocates just like you. Together, we were able to recover and distribute food for more than 12.6 million meals last year. Now that’s impact!

On behalf of a very grateful organization, thank you for continuing to support and walk alongside us as we work to End Hunger Together. As our most loyal partners in hunger-relief, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any thoughts and ideas via phone (701.232.6219), email (msobolik@greatplainsfoodbank.org) or in person.

Sincerely,

MELISSA SOBOLIK

Great Plain Food Bank
CEO

ZACK DAWSON

Great Plains Food Bank
Chair, Board of Directors

2021: FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

PUBLIC SUPPORT & REVENUE FY21 FY20
Private Contributions
$6,717,730
$4,995,398
Government Contracts and Grants
$2,591,522
$709,204
United Way and Private Grants
$1,279,625
$1,402,296
Program Revenue
$489,454
$890,184
Investments and Other Income
$92,584
$31,549
Paycheck Protection Program Contribution
$385,756
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USDA Commodity Food
$16,152,646
$8,241,244
Donated Food
$16,337,945
$19,244,304
TOTAL PUBLIC SUPPORT AND REVENUE
$44,047,262
$35,514,179
EXPENSES FY21 FY20
Programs and Services
$36,875,043
$31,079,893
Fund Development
$1,013,560
$907,959
Management and General
$444,945
$404,892
TOTAL EXPENSES
$38,333,548
$32,392,744
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS FY21 FY20
Change in net assets
$5,972,689
$3,121,435
Net Assets at Beginning of Year
$9,009,679
$5,888,244
Net Assets at End of Year
$14,982,368
$9,009,679

The Great Plains Food Bank’s auditors have expressed an unmodified opinion on our financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Those financial statements, which are available at GreatPlainsFoodBank.org, include associated notes that are essential to understanding the information presented herein.

SOURCES OF FUNDING

1% Investments and Other Income
3% Paycheck Protection Program Contribution
4% Program Revenue
11% United Way and Private Grants
22% Government Contracts and Grants
58% Private Contributions

EXPENSES*

1% Management and General
3% Fund Development
96% Programs and Services

*Includes the value of donated food distributed of $32,728,547.

THANK YOU

The Great Plains Food Bank’s auditors have expressed an unmodified opinion on our financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Those financial statements, which are available at GreatPlainsFoodBank.org, include associated notes that are essential to understanding the information presented herein.

OUR PROGRAMS

Throughout the year, the Great Plains Food Bank operated nine direct service programs across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn., to combat hunger for children, seniors and those living in rural communities. These programs were integral in our ability to provide more than 12.6 million meals to 121,440 individuals.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

Bringing trucks full of fresh food to locations throughout North Dakota and Clay County, Minn., our mobile food pantry held distributions at 72 different sites and locations in 2021 providing more than 1.13 million meals.

BACKPACK PROGRAM

Providing meals, milk, juice and snacks to children to help them make it through the weekend, our backpack program provided 139,027 backpacks to 5,096 kids in 138 communities.

YOUTH SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM

Providing boxed meals during the summer months when school lunches are not available, the youth summer meals program provided 34,157 meals to 1,069 children.

SCHOOL PANTRY PROGRAM

A total of 32 food pantries are now serving 72 different schools in 20 communities through the Great Plains Food Bank School Pantry Program. The program provided 196,638 meals last year.

SENIOR FOOD PACK PROGRAM

Helping low-income seniors throughout North Dakota, the senior food pack program helped 1,026 seniors in 35 communities in 2021.

PRIVACY POLICY

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DONATION REFUND POLICY

We are grateful for your donation and support of our organization. If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to our organization please contact us. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.

AUTOMATED RECURRING DONATION CANCELLATION

Ongoing support is important to enabling projects to continue their work, so we encourage donors to continue to contribute to projects over time. But if you must cancel your recurring donation, please notify us.