The Great Plains Food Bank (GPFB) is committed to providing a healthy and nutritionally balanced mix of foods to our clients and partner agencies. We believe it is our responsibility to provide food resources that improve community health as we pursue our mission to end hunger.

Impact of Inadequate Nutrition on Food Insecure Individuals and Families
People struggling with hunger have limited resources to buy the nutritious foods that are critical to their overall health, growth and development. For those who struggle to afford or access nutritious foods, inexpensive and unhealthy foods are sometimes the only option. This can lead to increased risk of obesity and other systemic health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.

In addition to the same influences that have led to high obesity rates among the general population, low-income people are also faced with limited resources to buy nutritious foods that are often higher priced, the need to buy cheaper and less nutritious calorie dense foods in order to maximize caloric intake, cycles of deprivation followed by overeating that can lead to weight gain, and high levels of stress that can impact dietary intake.

Nutrition Initiatives
In order to meet the nutritional needs of those who are unable to access or afford the variety and quantity of foods necessary for a healthful diet, the Great Plains Food Bank has implemented the following measures:

  • Set an annual goal to increase the percentage of nutritious food distributed.
  • Enhance efforts to increase the nutritional quality of all food streams.
  • Provide partner emergency feeding programs with an annual report on the mix of products they order compared to the nationally recognized MyPlate dietary guidelines, reinforcing a shift towards accessing healthier products through a review of the report during site visits by GPFB staff.
  • Provide nutrition education for partner agencies through direct and on-line training, nutrition tips and healthy recipes prepared with food bank products in agency newsletters, links to nutrition resources on the website agency portal and a variety of food safety training opportunities.

While the GPFB provides a large percentage of the food distributed through charitable feeding programs in North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota we are only one of the sources of food for those experiencing food insecurity. In order to provide clients with additional opportunities to access nutritious foods to meet their dietary needs we will:

  • Provide training to food pantries and feeding programs that will assist them in developing local sources of nutritious foods or secure additional resources to purchase products to fill gaps in products that are not available through GPFB;
  • Provide screening and application assistance for the SNAP program to provide clients with resources to access additional nutritious products that may not be available through the food bank or our partner agencies;
  • Provide brochures for each of the 54 counties served listing additional resources available; and
  • Increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other nutritious foods, provided in rural areas identified as “food deserts” where healthy foods are either unavailable or high-priced due to a lack of nearby supermarkets through the mobile food pantry program, perishable food drops, rural delivery program and agency grants for increased produce refrigeration capacity.

Through these and other means, the Great Plains Food Bank is strategically committed to providing food for healthy and balanced meals for our clients who struggle to afford or access nutritious food.


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. 
  • Collected From Cookies? We use cookies and web server logs to gather information about our website users’ browsing activities. This information assists us in designing and continually improving our web pages in the most user-friendly manner. We do not use these technologies to capture any personally identifying information.


  • How Do We Protect Your Information?
    • We utilize encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. 
    • Our operations and business practices are periodically reviewed for compliance with organization policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality and quality of our information. 
    • Our organization values ethical standards, policies and practices and is committed to the protection of user information. Our not-for-profit business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limits the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.
  • How Do We Secure Information Transmissions? All information transmitted through our website, giving pages, and forms are sent via secure, encrypted server. Other emails you send to us may not be secure; for that reason, we ask that you do not send confidential information such as Social Security, credit card, or account numbers to us through an unsecured email.
  • 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.

Permission to Use of Materials 

  • 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.

Your Access to and Control of Information 

  • 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.

Contact Great Plains Food Bank/Opt-out

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

All opt-out requests will be honored, but please be patient with us as it may take up to twelve (12) weeks for opt-out changes to be fully implemented. We may also occasionally initiate contact with opt-out supporters in order to update their contact preferences, and we will promptly accommodate their updated preferences, if any.



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