BISMARCK, N.D. – Celebrated with a ribbon-cutting outside South Central High School Monday, The Banquet officially kicked off its Adopt-A-Block program that is helping to fill a critical void to feed hungry children, seniors and families in Bismarck-Mandan. The program brings a food truck to a pair of local schools two days a week distributing food supplied by the Great Plains Food Bank and Cash Wise.
The Adopt-A-Block program operates on Monday at South Central High School and Wednesday at Jeanette Myhre School from 5:30-7 p.m. in Bismarck. Currently, The Banquet, which is a non-denominational meal outreach service and partner agency of the Great Plains Food Bank, is only able to offer meals to clients four days per week and with the launching of the Adopt-A-Block program clients will have additional food options throughout the week.
“Here at The Banquet we are passionate about giving hope, building community and enriching lives,” said Jim Barnhardt, who serves as chair of The Banquet Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to be able to add outreaches like Adopt-a-Block as we build toward The Banquet being the hub of a larger facility not only providing meals but also links to services to help those in need. It’s about giving hope for a better tomorrow.”
“This is an exciting day and we are thrilled The Banquet is taking this crucial step in the fight to end hunger by offering needed food assistance to those that need it,” Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said. “Each year, the Great Plains Food Bank recovers and distributes more than 1 million pounds of food right here in Bismarck-Mandan and we are committed to doing all that we can to help those in need in this community.”
The program was officially launched the end of June of this year and in a few short months have already helped a total of 515 households including 861 kids, 810 adults and 138 seniors with the majority of those seniors living alone.
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 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 for 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.