FARGO, N.D. – Sanford Health continues its commitment to the fight to end hunger with a $25,000 donation to the Great Plains Food Bank at a difficult time for hungry children, seniors and families across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
The gift comes at a time when the hunger-relief organization is seeing a 44 percent increase in need for food assistance sought at its partner network of food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens and a 79 percent increase through its Mobile Food Pantry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are challenging times for so many and gifts like this from Sanford Health is exactly what is needed to help ensure we all make it through this together,” Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said. “We thank Sanford for this incredible gift that will make a tremendous impact in the lives of so many without enough food to eat each day. We are grateful for these commitments from valuable members of our communities.”
Beyond this incredible financial donation, Sanford Health employees volunteer their time at the Great Plains Food Bank repack center assisting the organization in preparing surplus food for distribution statewide.
“Sanford and the Great Plains Food Bank both support health and wellbeing across the entire state to improve the lives of those who live and work here,” said Jayne Gust, director of community relations for Sanford’s Fargo region. “Our health system and our employees are dedicated to the work of health and healing. And, we know proper nutrition goes a long way in sustaining health and overall success at home, work and school. We’re honored to be involved and we hope others in our communities will join us in playing a role to help end hunger.”
The gift is integral as the Great Plains Food Bank continues to fill a crucial need for food assistance as a result of COVID-19. The only food bank in the state of North Dakota, the Great Plains Food Bank is mounting a multi-million dollar COVID-19 response over the next 12 months to meet the increased demand.
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.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition. For information, visit sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News.