FARGO, N.D. – Goldmark Property Management (Goldmark) sponsored a Semi-truck load of food with a $25,000 donation to the Great Plains Food Bank. The donation will provide needed food assistance for hungry children, seniors and families across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Due to COVID-19, the demand for services through the Great Plains Food Bank has increased by as much as 79 percent while the organization has also seen a lack of food donations entering the warehouse.
“The food delivered via Goldmark's sponsorship will substantially help us fill the current gap in demand for services at a time when people are needing support the most,” Great Plains Food Bank Community Engagement Manager Kelly Foss stated.
The semi-load of food will consist of top shelf-stable items requested by Great Plains Food Bank partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. These items include canned veggies, fruit, boxed meals, pasta, spaghetti sauce, oatmeal, peanut butter and more. A load is typically 40,000 pounds, which equates to food for more than 33,000 meals. This food will be distributed throughout the entire state through Great Plains Food Bank programs such as their BackPack Program, Mobile Food Pantry and School Pantry locations as well as through their charitable feeding network.
“We are proud to be part of such a caring and progressive community that realizes in times of crisis, we must all work together to ensure the people in our community have stable and reliable food and shelter,” Goldmark CEO Joel Thomsen said. “This is why we committed to purchasing a semi-truck load of food and encouraged team members to volunteer to help with the packaging for distribution to feed families across the communities we serve every day. It’s our way of saying thanks to all of you who make this community such a great place to call home.”
In addition to their financial contribution, several Goldmark employees volunteered to pack 250 back packs full of food. The back packs will be distributed to children in need through the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program.
The Great Plains Food Bank is also running a tele-fundraising campaign for COVID-19 relief, and in order to maximize donations, Goldmark's sponsorship is serving as a $25,000 donor match for this campaign.
“There is no roadmap for the crisis we are in. We simply know that we must do our best to support our residents, our employees and our communities during these uncertain times,” Goldmark President and Chief Operations Officer Charley Poynter stated.
Great Plains Food Bank
Now in 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.
Goldmark Property Management
Goldmark Property Management strives to create a better living for its customers and communities. They provide thousands of people a place to not only live, but a place to call home. Goldmark aims to build thriving communities by delivering exceptional service and care to both the residents and their homes daily and by joining forces with community partners in giving back. The company manages over 250 residential communities in ND, MN, NE and IA with over 16,300 units, and it serves over 30,000 residents.