As we reflect on 2022, it was a year of challenges and uncertainties, but it was also a year to demonstrate our resiliency. No matter what issue arose, we were able to adapt and respond because of YOUR support. Thank you!

The story of resiliency isn’t just in us as an organization, it’s also found in the people we serve. People like Allan Wolf, who you’ll meet in this annual report. Allan is a 68-year-old veteran having spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. We met Allan as he waited in line during a mobile food pantry stop last year. Inflation and high food prices hit the over-the-road truck driver hard, and he was forced to cut back. He heard about our mobile food pantry and was incredibly relieved to get the food he needed to get by. Serving those who served our country is a honor and responsibility we don’t take lightly at the Great Plains Food Bank.

Allan wasn’t the only one hit hard by inflation. Last year, we served 138,439 individuals, the second-highest total in our history and more than any year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we saw our own food donations plummet by 21 percent, we were able to find innovative ways to serve our neighbors because of YOUR help.

We wouldn’t be where we are without you, and we look forward to celebrating a key organizational milestone with you in 2023. 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the Great Plains Food Bank! For four decades we have, together, been serving our neighbors struggling with hunger throughout North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. We have evolved from a small organization serving just 189,000 pounds of food in our first year, to the state’s largest hunger-relief organization serving over 11 million pounds of food annually. It’s a transformation few could have predicted, yet here we stand, proud and resilient. We have accomplished so much throughout our 40 years, and we have no doubt our strongest years are ahead of us.

Also in this report, you’ll get a glimpse of the work that is ahead of us. We completed and recently released the results of our Hunger on the Plains 2023 study. The first study of our clients and partners since 2018, Hunger on the Plains will help us create a road map for our next 40 years as we continue on this path to End Hunger Together.

On behalf of the Great Plains Food Bank, we are grateful for your unwavering support to help us end hunger. As our most loyal partners in hunger-relief, please feel free to reach out with any thoughts and ideas via phone (701.232.6219), email (msobolik@greatplainsfoodbank.org) or in person.

In gratitude,


Great Plain Food Bank


Great Plains Food Bank
Chair, Board of Directors



Private Contributions
Government Contracts and Grants
United Way and Private Grants
Program Revenue
Investments and Other Income
Paycheck Protection Program Contribution
USDA Commodity Food
Donated Food
Programs and Services
Fund Development
Management and General
Change in net assets
Net Assets at Beginning of Year
Net Assets at End of Year

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.


69% Private Contributions
13% United Way and Private Grants
10% Program Revenue
8% Government Contracts and Grants


2% Management and General Administration
3% Fund Development
95% Programs and Services

*Includes the value of donated food distributed of $23,743,945.

Great Plains Food Bank’s auditors have expressed an unmodified opinion on our financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. Those financial statements, which are available on the Great Plains Food Bank’s website, include associated notes that are essential to understanding the information presented here.


Every investment you make to support our mission is an investment in your neighbor. We are committed to thoughtfully stewarding your donations to provide hunger-relief and build food secure communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Great Plains Food Bank regarding websites located at www.greatplainsfoodbank.org and give.greatplainsfoodbank.org. Great Plains Food Bank reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting. Great Plains Food Bank (“us”, “we”, “our”). Website visitor, guest, and/or donor (“you”, “user”).

Information Collection

  • Personal Information You Choose to Provide In the process of general correspondence, making a gift, or participating in online surveys you may be asked to supply us with personal information, including your email address, postal address, home or work telephone number and other information. If you correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses. 
  • Website Use Information Similar to most websites, our site may utilize “cookies” and web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered may include the date and time of visits, pages viewed, time spent on our website, and the sites visited just before and just after ours. This information is collected on an aggregate basis; none of this information is associated with you as an individual.

How Do We Use Information 

  • That You Provide to Us? We use personal information for purposes of administering our not-for-profit business activities, providing service and support, and making available other information and services to our website visitors, guests, agency partners, advocates, contracted consultants, and approved vendors. We may use the information provided to notify you about important changes to our website, new services, or new information that supports your interest in hunger-relief. 
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  • Do We Disclose Information to Outside Parties? We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information. We may provide aggregate information about our website visitors or website traffic patterns to our contracted affiliates or third parties; this information will not include personally identifying data, except as otherwise provided in this privacy policy. Personal information such as email and address may be shared with a contracted third party for the use of email dissemination and direct mail marketing; all third party vendors are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Legally Compelled Disclosure of Information? We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.

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  • The right to download and store or output the materials on our website is granted for personal use only, and materials may not be reproduced in any edited form. Any other reproduction, transmission, performance, display or editing of these materials by any means mechanical or electronic without our express written permission is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce any materials appearing on this site may contact us directly.

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  • You may request access to all of your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our donor constituent database, DonorPerfect. 
  • You may request removal from any communication including but not limited to emails, direct mail pieces, text and phone calls.
  • Because we do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information; opting out of such practices is optional and not required.

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If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, need to opt-out of future communications, or wish to exercise any other privacy right you may have by law, please contact us in any of the ways shown below.

Great Plains Food Bank
attn. Development Associate
1720 3rd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

Phone: 701-476-9120

Email: info@greatplainsfoodbank.org

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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.