Five-year gift will help open regional service center in Bismarck-Mandan
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Tom & Frances Leach Foundation have made a substantial gift in the fight to end hunger across the state of North Dakota by committing $100,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank.
The pledged gift commits $20,000 per year for five years, which started in December 2017, and will help establish a regional service center in Bismarck-Mandan, allowing the state’s largest hunger-relief organization to better serve the 28 counties in central and western North Dakota.
“The Tom & Frances Leach Foundation has known about the good work of the Great Plains Food Bank for some time,” said Brian Bjella, president of the Tom & Frances Leach Foundation Board of Directors. “We support projects in western North Dakota and were pleased to see this regional service center coming to Bismarck.”
Over 213 partner agencies, including food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens and other feeding programs across all 53 North Dakota counties and Clay County, Minn., receive recovered surplus food from the Great Plains Food Bank.
“Good food and nutrition are so important for healthy lives and especially children,” Bjella said. “The Tom & Frances Leach Foundation is very pleased to help the Great Plains Food Bank meet its mission to end hunger in our state.”
“This is an incredible commitment from the Tom & Frances Leach Foundation and we thank them for their gift in the fight to end hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We continue to make tremendous progress toward making the regional service center in Bismarck-Mandan a reality. This gift will be crucial to the more than 97,000 children, seniors and families we serve each year.”
The regional service center expansion is part of the Great Plains Food Bank Feed the Future campaign. Once completed, the $5.1 million comprehensive campaign will provide an additional 10 million meals across the state by 2021, greatly closing the hunger gap for those in need.
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.