FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank is committed to doing all we can to provide needed food assistance to the more than 100,000 hungry individuals who rely on our services each year. In coordination with Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks nationwide which includes the Great Plains Food Bank, we are taking proactive steps to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, food donors and especially our clients as we follow developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
CLIENTS: Remaining committed to our mission of feeding those in need, our regular efforts to recover and distribute food across North Dakota and western Minnesota will continue to operate as scheduled. We are offering support and guidance to food pantries and soup kitchens should they have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 and their operations.
VOLUNTEERS: For the time-being, our volunteer force will continue working diligently inside the Great Plains Food Bank under heightened sanitary precautions. If any volunteer is not feeling well or has traveled to a highly impacted area, they are being asked to cancel their volunteer shift and reschedule for a later time. All our volunteers are required to wear gloves while volunteering and are required to wash their hands before handling any food product. This will be monitored especially closely during this difficult time.
The Great Plains Food Bank, as the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota, remains ready to respond in times of disasters and has a long history of preparedness. We are proactively planning for action and stand ready to assist as needed.
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About the Great Plains Food Bank
Now it its 38th 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 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 for 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.