Investment will support greater food rescue efforts throughout central and western North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. – Starion Bank has made an incredible commitment in the fight to end hunger with a donation of $50,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank. This gift will support increased capacity to recover and distribute food throughout western and central North Dakota, and is instrumental in meeting the Great Plains Food Bank’s goal to supply an additional 10 million meals statewide by 2021 – greatly closing the hunger gap for children, seniors and families in need.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating this generous gift today from our friends at Starion Bank, who also believe that when people have access to the food they need to learn in school, be a good parent, and live a better quality of life that we in turn have healthier communities,” said Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik. “We are grateful for Starion Bank’s leadership and honored to be working alongside their team as we envision a community that’s hunger-free.”
As recognition for their generous gift, Starion Bank will be prominently featured on a cargo van added to the Great Plains Food Bank’s fleet that displays the strong commitment and partnership between the two organizations in the fight to end hunger. This van will bolster efforts of the Great Plains Food Bank’s Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste from dozens of food industry donors, and distributes it directly to 20 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens serving more than 14,000 food insecure individuals in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Plains Food Bank’s Bismarck Mandan Food Recovery Program that recovers food for 900,000 meals annually.
“The Great Plains Food Bank provides a vital service for many North Dakotans,” said Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO. “Food insecurity can be a hidden problem and we are proud to partner with them as their presence and services expand in western North Dakota. My family and the employees at Starion are excited to be part of fulfilling the food bank’s mission to end hunger.”
About the Great Plains Food Bank
Now in 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 array of innovative direct service programs and partner network, have distributed more than 170 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 in 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
September is Hunger Action Month as the Great Plains Food Bank joins with Feeding America encouraging everyone to take action in the fight to end hunger. Click HERE to see how you can help in our efforts.
About Starion Bank
Starion Bank is a $1.3 billion family-owned community bank and financial services organization. Established in Oakes, N.D., in 1969, Starion has 16 locations in Bismarck-Mandan, Bottineau, Dunseith, Ellendale, Fargo, Oakes and Rolla, N.D.; and Middleton, Monona and Sun Prairie, Wis.