Contact: Marcia Paulson, (701) 232-6219
Great Plains Food Bank tackles hunger in Cass and Clay counties
with grant from the Alex Stern Family Foundation
Fargo, ND – NOVEMBER 29, 2012 – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Alex Stern Family Foundation to address childhood hunger through the BackPack Program, and rescue surplus perishable and prepared food through the Daily Bread recovery initiative.
The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as on weekends, school vacations and over the summer. Each backpack is filled with child-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed food for four meals plus snacks.
The Daily Bread perishable food recovery effort rescues prepared foods and fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and bakery items from grocery stores, hospitals, colleges, retailers, bakeries and restaurants and then delivers this product to emergency shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries serving those who are hungry and homeless.
# # #
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank engages community partners to end hunger. As the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, the Great Plains Food Bank partner network includes 274 charitable feeding programs operating in 100 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. In 2011, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 9.4 million pounds of food, touching the lives of more than 71,400 individuals – 35% being children and 14% seniors. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status; and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.