FARGO, N.D. – The Alex Stern Family Foundation has taken steps to help in the fight to end childhood hunger by awarding a $10,000 grant to the Great Plains Food Bank. The donation will help to fund the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program and School Pantry Program.
The donation will help to supply 30,000 meals to feed hungry children across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
“The Alex Stern Family Foundation continues to be a key partner in our work and we are thankful once again for their generous support,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Children make up 36 percent of those we serve each year and this gift will have a significant impact in making sure that children that might otherwise go without eating have the nutritious food they need to develop and learn to their full potential.”
Each year more than 33,000 kids across North Dakota and western Minnesota qualify for and greatly rely on the free and reduced cost school lunch program. But many of those children struggle with hunger when school meals are not available. The Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program, School Pantry Program and Youth Summer Meals Program help to fill the void on nights, weekends and during summer months.
The Alex Stern Family Foundation supports the arts, social welfare/human services, education, youth recreation, civic projects and health issues for the benefit of the greater Fargo-Moorhead area. Since 1977, the foundation has invested over $15 million in non-profit organizations and Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn. For more information, please contact Don Scott at 701-271-0263 or visit www.alexsternfamilyfoundation.org.
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.