The following statement is attributed to Steve Sellent, CEO of the Great Plains Food Bank
"Great Plains Food Bank was pleased to see a truly bi-partisan, Senate Farm Bill released last week.
"While the House version made drastic cuts to SNAP and would take away food from hungry North Dakotans and Americans, the Senate’s version protected and strengthened nutrition programs. SNAP is a cornerstone federal nutrition program and is vital to addressing hunger across the United States. One in 14 North Dakotans rely on SNAP to put food on their tables.
"As the only food bank in the state of North Dakota, we see thousands of seniors on fixed incomes, parents struggling to make ends meet and veterans choosing between medical care and food. Putting food on their table shouldn’t be a decision any North Dakotan should have to make.
"Hunger will not be solved by charity or government alone. It takes both of us working together to move the needle on ending hunger.
"We ask Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven to support the Senate Farm Bill to ensure that children, seniors and veterans don’t go to bed hungry."
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.