Substantial gift brings Bismarck-Mandan regional service center close to reality
BISMARCK, N.D. – American Bank Center has made a substantial commitment to the fight to end hunger with a $100,000 gift to the Great Plains Food Bank Feed the Future campaign, the organizations announced together on Tuesday. The donation will benefit the Great Plains Food Bank’s efforts to open a regional service center in Bismarck, which will significantly enhance the organizations abilities to serve hungry children, seniors and families located in central and western North Dakota.
"We greatly value what the Great Plains Food Bank does, not only for the communities that we serve but the many communities across North Dakota and Western Minnesota. We knew immediately this donation was a perfect fit with our organization’s aspiration of contributing to the financial stability and growth of every community to which we belong. We invite others to join us in the fight to end hunger by sending additional donations to the Great Plains Food Bank Feed the Future campaign," American Bank Center Regional President Kevin Dykema said.
The only food bank in the state of North Dakota, the opening of a regional service center in Bismarck-Mandan will improve the Great Plains Food Bank’s capacity to serve the central and western half of North Dakota, which includes the majority of American Bank Center’s service area. The Great Plains Food Bank serves the entire state of North Dakota along with Clay County, Minn. The Feed the Future campaign has an overall goal to provide an additional 10 million meals to those in need by 2021. The regional service center is scheduled to be open by the summer of 2020.
“We are incredibly grateful to American Bank Center for this generous donation that will play a key role in helping us establish a warehouse and office facility in Bismarck,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “The new regional service center will allow us to expand our programs and provide more food options for our partner food pantries and other hunger-relief agencies in central and western North Dakota. We cannot thank American Bank Center enough for bringing us closer to ending hunger through this very significant and thoughtful gift.”
Additionally, American Bank Center invites their customers and the public to join them in the fight to end hunger with a donation to the Great Plains Food Bank. Cash donations can be made at American Bank Center locations within Bismarck-Mandan or online at greatplainsfoodbank.org/americanbankcenter.html.
Comprised of American Bank Center, American Insurance Center and American Trust Center, American is an employee-owned financial institution that offers customers a complete financial services package. With 18 locations in 13 communities in North Dakota and Montana, American’s commitment to its communities is illustrated through financial contributions to community incentives and fundraising events. To learn more, visit WeAreAmerican.bank.
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 175 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.