FARGO, N.D. – For their commitment and extraordinary effort to end hunger within their communities, the Great Plains Food Bank has named Corwin Automotive Group, Sam’s Club and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture as their 2017 Hunger Relief Champions. Each recipient has displayed years of exceptional commitment to the Great Plains Food Bank’s mission of ending hunger through community partnerships and shares in their values of doing all things through passion, service and innovation.
“We are honored to recognize these three exceptional organizations as our Hunger Relief Champions for 2017,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Corwin Automotive, Sam’s Club and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture have not only displayed their commitment to our fight to end hunger, but have separated themselves as true champions in their communities. They truly epitomize the spirit of our donors, partners and volunteers.”
Corwin Automotive Group is a cornerstone supporter of the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program. Since 2013, Corwin Automotive Group has given $550,000 to the program, which has supplied 110,000 backpacks to kids across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. This donation has made a big difference for the 33,000 children across North Dakota who qualify for and greatly rely on the free and reduced cost school lunch program. Corwin Automotive Group ensures hungry children have food over the weekend so they are equipped to learn and grown on Monday morning.
Each year, Sam’s Club continues to be a top food donor to the Great Plains Food Bank. Since 2009, the organization has donated nearly 4 million pounds of food – growing to more than 1 million pounds of food in 2017 alone. Over the last nine years, with stores in Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and Bismarck, Sam’s Club has provided enough food to supply more than 3.3 million meals to hungry seniors, children and their families.
Eight years ago, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture launched the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project and each year has made significant contributions to the Great Plains Food Bank. Since that time, the project has raised more than 2.3 million pounds of food by encouraging individuals, families and producers to grow and donate highly nutritious produce to people struggling to feed their families. Through the project, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture donated more than 48,000 pounds of sweet corn in 2017 alone. Total, nearly half a million pounds of food was donated through the project last year.
About the Hunger Relief Champions award
An award first created in 2008, an individual, business, church or organization is recognized as a Hunger Relief Champion for their extraordinary contributions and commitment to end hunger. These honorees are acknowledged for their longtime partnerships with the Great Plains Food Bank, their creativity and organization-wide commitment, for being innovators and solution focused, and for extending an invitation to employees, customers and other like-minded community entities to join them in their work to alleviate hunger. A complete list of past winners can be found HERE.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
Celebrating 35 years of hunger relief, the Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 213 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, through its partners and programs, have distributed more than 185 million pounds of food to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.