FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank officially announced the additions of two new employees Wednesday with the hiring of Taylor Syvertson as Ending Hunger 2.0 impact manager and Kelly Foss as community engagement manager.
Syvertson began her role with the Great Plains Food Bank in October of 2018. Her role as Ending Hunger 2.0 impact manager is a newly-created position to facilitate solutions to improve community health and food insecurity conditions across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Syvertson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and had previously worked with the Great Plains Food Bank as hunger study coordinator for Hunger in North Dakota 2018. Previously, Syvertson held positions as community development research assistant and teaching assistant with NDSU. Prior to that she worked with Ulteig Engineers as part of their administrative services team.
Foss also began her role with the Great Plains Food Bank in October 2018. As community engagement manager, Foss guides and supports special events and food and funds drive activities through partnerships with community businesses, civic organizations, schools and colleges, individuals, families and houses of worship. She also handles all logistics to ensure success of special events and food and funds drives.
Foss earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Previously, she worked as director of sales at the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, manager of events at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, N.C., and director of transitional housing at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth, Minn.
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.