June 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marcia Paulson, Great Plains Food Bank Marketing Director, 701-232-6219
Great Plains Food Bank Assists Low Income Veterans in North Dakota
The Great Plains Food Bank recently received a grant to help build awareness of nutritional assistance programs with North Dakota’s military veterans.
North Dakota has over 56,000 veterans, some with a service related disability, unemployed or working in a low wage position. The state estimates 2,200 veterans are utilizing SNAP benefits, which is a considerably lower rate of participation than many other states. The goal of the grant is to make sure that every veteran who qualifies for SNAP benefits is aware of the program and receives the needed assistance.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a hunger safety net for low income families, including veterans. Those eligible for SNAP benefits can buy food products at grocers, farmers markets and other USDA-approved vendors to provide nutritious meals for themselves and their families.
Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. They work with a wide array of individuals and organizations guiding all donated surplus food and grocery products to their network of food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and other charitable feeding programs serving those in need.
If you or someone you know is struggling to purchase adequate food after returning home from military service, please call to learn how the Great Plains Food Bank can help, toll-free 1-855-405-0000, or visit ServeNDVets.org.
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.