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Great Plains Food Bank receives grant from Dakota Medical Foundation to recover surplus perishable food
Fargo, ND – (NOVEMBER 21, 2013) The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, received a $3,842 match grant from Dakota Medical Foundation as a result of a challenge issued to guests who attended last month’s Great Plains Food Bank’s annual Chefs’ Gala & Auction. Grant funds will be used support Daily Bread, the Great Plains Food Bank’s perishable food recovery effort in the Cass-Clay community.
Daily Bread rescues surplus 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.
In 2012, Daily Bread recovered more than 2 million pounds of food, providing for 1.7 million meals, to an estimated 23,715 individuals and families struggling with hunger.
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 266 charitable feeding programs operating in 104 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Celebrating its 30th year of service, the Great Plains Food Bank and its statewide partner network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs have distributed food for more than 100 million meals to children seniors and families in need since opening its doors in 1983. 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.