FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank was recently named one of five finalists for the Feeding America Member of the Year Award, which is given annually to celebrate and honor outstanding food banks across the country. The Great Plains Food Bank is one of 200 member food banks inside the Feeding America network.
“This is an incredible honor to be recognized as one of the top food banks from across the entire country,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “There are so many organizations like ours across the U.S. doing outstanding work in the fight to end hunger and we are proud of all that we have accomplished to help feed those in need in our region. While this is an exciting time for our organization, we know there is much more work to be done and we hope our proudest moments are still to come.”
Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit was officially announced as the winner of the Member of the Year Award at the Feeding America Hunger’s Hope Award Dinner in April in Phoenix.
The Great Plains Food Bank completed a historic year in 2018 by distributing a record nearly 15 million pounds of food, which was enough to supply 12.5 million meals to help feed hungry children, seniors and families across North Dakota and western Minnesota. A total of 97,355 individuals were served by the Great Plains Food Bank in 2018 with 36 percent of those being children and another 12 percent being seniors.
About the Feeding America Member of the Year Award
Finalists for the Feeding America Member of the Year Award were selected based on criteria that included:
- Courageous, adaptive leadership with a commitment to accountability and team and talent development that is a focus in the board room and across the executive team.
- Strategically and innovatively driven decision making. This includes the contemplation of programs in relation to the larger ecosystem, including racial, cultural, geographical, historical and political dynamics. It also includes a commitment to continuous improvement in agency network development and attention to the voice of the client in program design and delivery.
- Collaborative partnerships are important to this member. They have participated in national initiatives and have collaborated with fellow Feeding America network members in endeavoring to make meaningful progress toward ending hunger.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
Now it its 36th 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.