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Great Plains Food Bank receives $15,000 from Caterpillar Foundation

Contact: Marcia Paulson, (701) 232-6219 – office

Great Plains Food Bank receives $15,000 from Caterpillar Foundation

June 6, 2014 – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, received a $15,000 investment from the Caterpillar Foundation to help bring more food to people in North Dakota and western Minnesota who are struggling with hunger by strengthening partnerships within the retail, manufacturing and agricultural industries.

The grant to the Great Plains Food Bank, part of a $1.5 million investment that Caterpillar Foundation is making to Feeding America member food banks across the country, will go toward food sourcing initiatives that will result in more food for food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens operating in more than 100 communities statewide.

“We rely greatly on our community partners to end hunger,” said Steve Sellent, program director for the Great Plains Food Bank. “This gift from the Caterpillar Foundation will allow us to further develop our food sourcing initiatives and support our goal to distribute food for 11.5 million meals to people in need.”

This investment from the Caterpillar Foundation follows a recent food drive conducted by Caterpillar employees. They collected child-friendly items to fill 360 backpacks with food for three meals, snacks and juice or milk for children struggling with hunger on the weekends or over holiday breaks when other food resources are not available.

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 310 charitable feeding programs operating in 113 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. For more than 30 years, 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 114 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; a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network; and supported by United Way.

About the Caterpillar Foundation
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit


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