FARGO, N.D. – Through their extraordinary efforts and exceptional commitment in the fight to end hunger throughout North Dakota and west central Minnesota, the Great Plains Food Bank has named Gate City Bank one of its Hunger Relief Champions for 2018.
The highest honor given by the Great Plains Food Bank each year, the Hunger Relief Champion award is given to those displaying a steadfast commitment to the Great Plains Food Bank’s mission of ending hunger through community partnerships and who share in their values of doing all things in a spirit of passion, service and innovation.
Through food and financial donations, volunteering and in-kind gifts, Gate City Bank has been among the largest supporters of the Great Plains Food Bank in recent years. They are currently in the midst of a $250,000 long-term commitment to the Great Plains Food Bank’s Feed the Future campaign and have provided support for hunger-relief programs and services since 1999. In 2017, Gate City Bank presented the Great Plains Food Bank with a newly designed semi-trailer for its fleet of seven trucks travelling a combined 500,000 miles annually. Additionally, team members from their 38 locations throughout North Dakota and west central Minnesota have been regular volunteers at Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry and Pop-up Perishable Food Program distributions along with regularly conducting local food drives.
“Gate City Bank epitomizes what we look for in a community partner,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Through their food and financial donations, commitment to volunteering and assistance in raising awareness for the Great Plains Food Bank, they have helped us immensely in our efforts to solve hunger.”
“Gate City Bank is honored and humbled to be selected as a Hunger Relief Champion for Great Plains Food Bank. We have a passion for providing a better way of life to our communities, customers and team members, and supporting the Great Plains Food Bank is another way we are fulfilling that commitment,” said Steve Swiontek, Chairman, President, & CEO of Gate City Bank.
About the Hunger Relief Champions award
First created in 2008, the Hunger Relief Champion Award recognizes an individual, business, church or organization for their extraordinary contributions and commitment to end hunger. These honorees are acknowledged for their longtime partnerships with the Great Plains Food Bank, their creativity and organization-wide commitment, for being innovators and solution focused, and for extending an invitation to employees, customers and other like-minded community entities to join them in their work to alleviate hunger. A complete list of past winners can be found HERE.
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 162 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 and was named the Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
About Gate City Bank
A $2.2 billion mutual community bank, Gate City Bank has 38 locations across 19 communities in North Dakota and west central Minnesota. Employing 664 team members, Gate City Bank is committed to making lives better by investing in its team members and the communities it serves. In addition to being North Dakota’s number one mortgage lender, Gate City Bank has also been named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” since 2014 by Prairie Business. Additional information is available at gatecity.bank.