FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank has announced it has been awarded a $10,989 grant from the Red Nose Day Fund to directly benefit the organization’s childhood hunger programs.
The grant will go specifically to enhance both the Kids Summer Lunch Program and School Pantry Program at the Great Plains Food Bank. The funding allows each program to open additional sites and expand its overall reach.
“Of the 93,000 individuals that we served last year, 36 percent of those were children,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We are extremely grateful to the Red Nose Day Fund for this donation. This gift will allow us to reach even more hungry kids throughout the state of North Dakota and in Clay County, Minn.”
Each year 33,000 children across North Dakota qualify for and greatly rely on free and reduced cost school lunches to meet their daily nutritional needs. These programs from the Great Plains Food Bank give those children access to nutritious food at times when they are away from school programs.
Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that has raised over $34 million in 2016 to directly benefit kids in poverty worldwide.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 215 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 133 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.