FARGO, N.D. – Through its annual Casual for a Cause campaign, Basin Electric Power Cooperative has made a substantial $23,000 donation to the Great Plains Food Bank to assist their efforts in supplying food assistance to 94,000 individuals each year. This gift will supply nearly 70,000 meals to those in need.
For the second year in a row, Basin Electric went ‘Casual for a Cause’ where employees made contributions to the cause and were allowed to wear jeans during the summer months. Nearly 175 Basin Electric employees participated in this year’s campaign that started Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day.
“Basin Electric employees are among the most generous people I know, and I’m so proud of them for coming together for this cause,” said Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “While North Dakota continues to be a state rooted in agriculture and feeding the world, we know there are so many people who still don’t have enough to eat. I commend the work done by the Great Plains Food Bank in getting food to the people who need it, especially in the rural areas of North Dakota. Much of the food bank’s service area is within our membership. Our employees have embraced the cooperative principle of ‘concern for community,’ and I’m happy to support them in that.”
“We are thrilled that Basin Electric chose the Great Plains Food Bank and our work to end hunger to benefit from this year’s ‘Casual for a Cause’ campaign,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “This tremendous gift will make a meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of children, seniors and working families struggling with hunger throughout Basin Electric’s service area. We salute Basin Electric Cooperative and their employees for their generosity and compassion for the hungry people we serve.”
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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.