CASH WISE FOODS PARTNERS WITH THE GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK TO “ROUND UP” HUNGER IN THE CASS-CLAY COMMUNITY
FARGO, ND – (April 20, 2011) The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, received $3,575 from Cash Wise Foods in Fargo and Moorhead as a result of their month long round up program which took place in March.
At time of check-out, Cash Wise customers were invited to round up their grocery total to the nearest dollar resulting in a gift to the Great Plains Food Bank which will support food recovery and distribution to individuals and families seeking emergency food assistance, as well as efforts to address childhood hunger in the Cass-Clay community.
In 2010 the need for emergency food assistance grew by 8.4% over 2009, but because of the commitment of more than 200 socially responsible food industry partners who share their surplus product and engage their customers in the fight to end hunger, the Great Plains Food Bank was able to grow distribution by 12.5%, providing a record 7.47 million pounds to our hungry neighbors in need.
About Great Plains Food Bank: The Great Plains Food Bank strives for a hunger-free North Dakota and western Minnesota by recovering and distributing surplus food and grocery product, engaging in community partnerships, and advocating for social change. Each year the Great Plains Food Bank, through a statewide network of 270 charitable feeding programs in 95 communities, provides food to more than 66,000 low-income people facing hunger – nearly 40% being children and 13% seniors. In 2010, as the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 7.4 million pounds of food, valued at $11.9 million. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and member of Feeding America. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a nonprofit social services agency serving one in nine North Dakotans annually from offices in five cities with 19 programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities.
Marcia Paulson, (701) 232-6219