BISMARCK, N.D. – A total of 17 area companies brought 120 employees to the Burleigh County Extension Services building on Tuesday, June 5, to pack meals that will directly benefit hungry seniors in Bismarck, Mandan and Minot over the next two days. The groups worked to pack 1,800 food boxes along with fresh produce that will be distributed through the Great Plains Food Bank Senior Food Pack Program.
KLJ served as the official sponsor of the Bismarck-Mandan Packathon and the William and Jane Marcil Charitable Foundation generously supports the Senior Food Pack Program. The Senior Food Pack Program is one of seven programs of the Great Plains Food Bank that helps to supply needed food assistance to 97,000 individuals annually.
“Participating in events like this directly correlate to our values of integrity, community, and trust,” KLJ Vice President of Communication and Branding Emily Johnson said. “The fight against hunger is an issue we care strongly about and the Great Plains Food Bank is doing excellent work to proactively address it.”
“We are extremely grateful to KLJ and all of the great organizations that generously took the time to make the Bismarck-Mandan Packathon a huge success,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “The communities of Bismarck, Mandan and Minot where these much needed food boxes will be delivered are a crucial part of our service area. These great organizations helped to ensure fewer seniors will be forced to make difficult decisions between paying for things like medicine or utilities or paying for food.”
Companies that participated in the Bismarck-Mandan Packathon include: KLJ (event sponsor), Eide Bailly, Bismarck Rotary, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Scheels, Sanford Health, American Bank Center, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), Kirkwood Bank & Trust, MDU Resources, First International Bank & Trust, Bremer Bank, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC), Choice Financial, Border States Electric, Wells Fargo and Agency MABU.
The Great Plains Food Bank Senior Food Pack Program is a commodity-based program that provides nutritionally-based, shelf-stable food boxes to low income seniors across North Dakota. The food packed Tuesday will be delivered to a total of 600 hungry seniors in Minot, Bismarck and Mandan June 6 and June 7.
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 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.