FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank has received the Disney Operations Grant that will provide $15,000 to enhance the hunger relief organization’s ability to distribute fresh produce to those in need.
Specifically, the grant is enough to provide 100,000 pounds of produce to support the Great Plains Food Bank Produce Pilot Program and enhance the Pop-up Perishable Food Program.
“We’re excited about finding new ways to grow fresh produce donations and this grant enhances our ability to do just that,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We thank Disney for what they are doing in the fight to end hunger. Having additional funding for our produce initiatives allows us to provide a larger variety of food for families struggling to put food on the table each day.”
The Produce Pilot Program makes available fresh produce to 216 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across North Dakota and Minnesota while the Pop-up Perishable Food Program takes trucks filled with fresh produce and other items directly into underserved communities.
Since 2012, Disney has contributed nearly $6 million nationally to support Feeding America and its network of food banks, which includes the Great Plains Food Bank.
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.