Walmart Foundation grant will go to fund infrastructure and equipment needed for handling fresh food
Fargo, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank announced Monday a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund the infrastructure that will ultimately help the food bank’s network of food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens statewide secure and distribute more nutritious food to families in need. The grant will support investments in the equipment necessary to handle perishable products, such as refrigerated vehicles; coolers and freezers for transporting, storing and distributing food; thermometers and temperature calibration devices; among other items.
“One in nine people struggle with hunger in North Dakota including 33,000 children,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We are thankful to the Walmart Foundation for helping to ensure that people seeking food assistance have access to nutrient-rich food. This grant will go a long way in helping the Great Plains Food Bank and our partner agencies better serve the 94,000 individuals who turn to us for help each year.”
The Great Plains Food Bank secures fresh, perishable food from retailers across North Dakota. Funds from the Walmart Foundation will provide 215 partner agencies across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn., with a direct resource to store and distribute perishable food.
The Walmart Foundation has been instrumental in helping food banks rescue and distribute more perishable food from retailers across the United States in a sustainable, cost-effective way. This grant is a part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger by providing four billion meals to people in need in the U.S. by 2020.
Since 2009, the Walmart Foundation has been a leading supporter of infrastructure grants to Feeding America food banks and their member agencies. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks.
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.