BISMARCK, N.D. – For the second consecutive year, the Bismarck Century High School Patriots and Bismarck High School Demons baseball teams will join forces to Strike-Out Hunger. Starting now and running through the date of their doubleheader May 9, the Patriots and Demons baseball teams will lead efforts to assist the 94,000 individuals served each year by the Great Plains Food Bank.
Hosted by the booster clubs from each school, players from both teams will be active in the community seeking sponsorships for the event from local businesses and community partners. Additionally, teams will collect cash donations and non-perishable food donations and sell t-shirts celebrating the second annual Strike-Out Hunger event. All money collected from t-shirt sales and sponsorship sales will be donated to the Great Plains Food Bank.
Food drive barrels will be located inside each high school throughout the event and all students, faculty and school visitors are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items. Donation barrels will also be present the day of the game. All food collected from the food drive will be given to local partner agencies of the Great Plains Food Bank in the Bismarck-Mandan area including the Bismarck High School Food Pantry.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we can partake in the second annual Strike-out Hunger event,” Bismarck Century baseball coach Kent Schweigert said. “As a team, any time we can bring awareness to those that are less fortunate it is a positive for our community. Our student-athletes are looking forward to once again provide as much help as possible to alleviate hunger in our community.”
“We always like to take the opportunity to impact the community off the baseball field and this Strike-Out Hunger event is an excellent chance to do that,” Bismarck High School baseball coach Jim Patton said. “With this event we will be able to help a lot of people and raise awareness to the real issues of hunger in the state of North Dakota.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates each year 27 percent of food produced doesn’t make it to the dinner table. This is while one in nine living in North Dakota struggle with food assistance. Of the 94,000 individuals the Great Plains Food Bank serves each year, nearly half of those are children and seniors.
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.