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Great Plains Food Bank more than doubles number of Youth Summer Meals locations for 2019

A total of nine childhood feeding sites set to kick off around the region
FARGO, N.D. – Beginning May 28, the Great Plains Food Bank will kick off its 2019 Youth Summer Meals Program at over twice as many locations across the region as 2018. The Youth Summer Meals Program will operate at a total of nine locations in Fargo, West Fargo, Hillsboro, Valley City, Jamestown and Bismarck throughout the summer. That number is up from a total of four locations in 2018.

Each year, the Great Plains Food Bank supplies needed food assistance to more than 97,000 hungry individuals with 36 percent of those being children. Many of those children struggle during the summer months when they no longer have access to the school lunch program. The Great Plains Food Bank Youth Summer Meals Program looks to fill that void by offering a free lunch during the week when children might not otherwise have options to eat.

“Childhood hunger is a problem every month of the year, but it becomes crucial for us during the long summer months,” said Great Plains Food Bank Child and Senior Program Manager Jenae Meske. “On a day-to-day basis, children have enough to worry about and we wish to do all that we can to ensure food insecurity is not one of them. By expanding our Youth Summer Meals Program this year, we know we are helping that many more children not go to bed hungry.”

Incredible volunteer support from each community allowed the expansion of the Youth Summer Meals Program. Specifically, community members from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Hillsboro), Community Presbyterian Church (West Fargo), Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department and Jamestown Arts Center (Jamestown), Valley City Public Schools and Bridges BackPack Program (Valley City), Kiwanis members (Bismarck) and Bell Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wells Fargo and Caterpillar (Fargo) are helping to lead the way for each Youth Summer Meals location.

Launched in 2013, the Youth Summer Meals Program provided more than 3,300 meals for hungry children in 2018. You can find more information on the program and the Great Plains Food Bank commitment to childhood hunger HERE.

Great Plains Food Bank 2019 Youth Summer Meals sites
FARGO

Village West Park
4415 9 Ave Cir S.
June 3 until August 16 (Monday through Friday)
12-12:30 p.m.
(No meals July 4-5)

WEST FARGO
Southside Park (South of South Elementary)
117 6 Ave W.
June 3 until August 16 (Monday through Friday)
12:15-12:45 p.m.
(No meals July 4-5)

HILLSBORO
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
204 E Caledonia Ave.
May 29 until August 14th  (Wednesdays only)
12:15-12:45 p.m.

VALLEY CITY
Valley City High School Cafeteria
493 Central Ave N.
May 28 until August 9 (Monday through Friday)
11:45-12:15 p.m.
(No meals July 4)

BISMARCK
Kiwanis Park
318 S Washington St.
June 3 through August 16 (Monday through Friday)
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
(No meals July 4-5)

JAMESTOWN
Two Rivers Activity Center
1501 5th St NE
June 3 through August 21 (Monday through Friday)
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(No meals July 4)

Hansen Arts Park
114 2 St SW
June 3 through August 1 (Monday through Thursday)
12-12:30 p.m.
(No meals July 4)

Leapaldt Park
10th Ave & 15th St NE
June 3 through August 2 (Monday through Friday)
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(No meals July 4)

Nickeus Park
7th St & 1 Ave. N
June 3 through August 2 (Monday through Friday)
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
(No meals July 4)

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.

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