FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank has received a $10,000 donation from the Red Nose Day Fund that will help to bolster the hunger-relief organization’s efforts to fight childhood hunger across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Specifically, the $10,000 grant from the Red Nose Day Fund will benefit and support continued growth of the Great Plains Food Bank School Pantry Program. The School Pantry Program places a food pantry directly inside schools allowing students in need access to healthy food options.
“We thank the Red Nose Day Fund for their continued support of the Great Plains Food Bank and our efforts to end childhood hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Our growing School Pantry Program helps fill a critical need and ensures there is food assistance available for hungry children when they need it. More than 36 percent of those served by the Great Plains Food Bank are children and these funds are crucial to making sure they have the proper nutrition they need to grow and learn.”
A program first launched in 2016, the Great Plains Food Bank added five new schools to its School Pantry Program throughout 2018 and now features a total of 13 food pantries inside schools in North Dakota and western Minnesota.
According to its website, Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million in the last four years to help end child poverty and has impacted over 16 million children across America and the world.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 216 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 and its partners have distributed food for more than 133 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.