FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank has received a $20,000 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation, recommended by DMF’s Rob and Leanne Jordahl Family Fund, to fight childhood hunger across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Specifically, the donation will go to benefit the hunger-relief organization’s BackPack Program and School Pantry Program, which provide a critical resource for the more than 33,000 children served each year by the Great Plains Food Bank. The donation is enough to supply 60,000 meals to help those in need.
“One in six children in our community and state struggle with hunger, which can significantly impact their development and growth. This donation will play a key role in making sure kids aren’t going to bed hungry and are able to learn to their full potential at school the next day,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We thank Dakota Medical Foundation and the DMF Rob and Leanne Jordahl Family Giving Fund for their commitment in the fight to end hunger and for all they do in the community.”
The Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program provides meals and snacks for children over the weekends when the school lunch program is not available. The BackPack Program provided over 109,000 backpacks in 2017 and currently operates inside 32 schools in the Fargo-Moorhead area and in 48 other communities. The School Pantry Program creates a food pantry inside the school and is currently operating at eight elementary, middle and high school locations throughout North Dakota.
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.
Purpose leads to impact
Dakota Medical Foundation guides purpose-driven people and organizations to make the greatest impact on the health of communities. Since 1996, DMF has invested more than $94 million to operate initiatives and expand the impact of more than 450 organizations in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Together with the Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation we stage the annual 24-hour Giving Hearts Day that has raised over $41 million for charities since 2008.