FARGO, N.D. – Fewer children, seniors and families across North Dakota and western Minnesota will be going hungry due to the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a generous gift from Cargill, which has donated $40,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank. Having a shared mission to the Great Plains Food Bank to feed the world, the gift from Cargill was generated from its local office and comes at a time when the state’s only food bank is seeing a heightened need for food assistance across the region.
The gift will be instrumental as the Great Plains Food Bank launches a $12 million response over the next 12 months to meet the higher need as a result of the pandemic.
“We continue to work hard each day to fill the increased demand due to COVID-19 and gifts like this from Cargill are crucial for us to be able to do that,” Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said. “We thank Cargill for all they do in the fight to end hunger and because of their support fewer people will need to worry about where their next meal will be coming from.”
“In Fargo, we are working with our nonprofit partners, like the Great Plains Food Bank, to ensure everyone in our community has the resources they need during this unprecedented time,” said Jaysen Schock, plant manager of Cargill’s facility in Fargo. “We are inspired by the medical professionals, first responders, workers, nonprofts and producers in Fargo who are making sure our essential needs are met.”
Since the region has been impacted by COVID-19, the Great Plains Food Bank has seen a 44 percent increase for food assistance through its network of partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens and a 79 percent increase at distributions of its Mobile Food Pantry.
Read more about the Great Plains Food Bank’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at greatplainsfoodbank.org.
Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.
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.