FARGO, N.D. – For their incredible efforts to serve those struggling with food insecurity in their community, the Great Plains Food Bank has named Our Savior Lord’s Food Pantry in Max, N.D, as its 2018 Agency of the Year. The Agency of the Year Award is the highest honor given each year to the Great Plains Food Bank’s network of more than 300 partner agencies and feeding sites across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Opened in December of 2015, Our Savior Lord’s Food Pantry immediately began to fill a critical need in their community and quickly expanded to become a reliable resource for those in need. It served 14 households in its first month and has grown to supply needed food assistance to as many as 70 households in a single month with the help of more than 36 committed volunteers. They also participate in the Great Plains Food Bank Food Rescue Program recovering food that otherwise would go to waste from Cash Wise Foods in Minot and distribute food boxes through the Senior Food Box Program to low-income seniors each month.
“Our Savior Lord’s Food Pantry is the perfect example of all that can be accomplished when a community comes together to help in the fight to end hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Their volunteer support and exceptional efforts in food recovery and distribution is helping to feed children, seniors and families in the Max area that may otherwise go without eating. We thank them for all they have done battling food insecurity today and in the future.”
Agencies are nominated for the Agency of the Year Award by members of the community, local businesses, civic organizations, volunteers or clients that believe the agency goes to extraordinary means to serve clients and eliminate hunger.
Nominees for the 2018 Agency of the Year Award include: Hope Center (Devils Lake), Domestic Violence Crisis Center (Minot), Salvation Army (Grand Forks), AMEN Food Pantry (Dickinson), St. Joe’s Social Care (Grand Forks), Glenburn Food Pantry, Veteran Resource Group (Devils Lake), Soup Café (Bismarck) and The Banquet (Bismarck).
About the Agency of the Year award
Each year the Great Plains Food Bank honors one partner agency – food pantry, shelter, soup kitchens – of feeding site that has displayed exceptional service in the fight to end hunger over the previous calendar year. Partner agencies are nominated from clients and/or community members before being received and selected by the Great Plains Food Bank. Find a complete list of past winners 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 167 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.