FARGO, N.D. – The Caterpillar Foundation has awarded the Great Plains Food Bank a $12,500 grant that will enhance the hunger-relief organization’s ability to fight childhood hunger throughout Cass County.
The grant will specifically benefit the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program, which provides a backpack full of food to help children on weekends when the school lunch program is not available. The Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program operates in a total of 32 schools in Fargo-Moorhead and served a total of 1,306 children in 2017.
“Addressing childhood hunger is always a top priority for us,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Each year, 36 percent of those that we serve are children and we are committed to ensuring that no child goes hungry. We thank the Caterpillar Foundation for joining us in this commitment to provide a brighter future for our children.”
This grant from the Caterpillar Foundation will help to supply 2,500 backpacks to help feed hungry children.
Read more about the Caterpillar Foundation HERE.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
Now it its 35th year, 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 and was named the Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2017 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.