FARGO, N.D. – As food banks across the country come together to celebrate Hunger Action Day, Hornbacher’s customers have taken incredible action in the fight to end hunger with a record $99,773 donation to the Great Plains Food Bank through their annual Check Out Hunger campaign. Throughout the campaign, Hornbacher’s customers made donations during the month of July in checkout lanes at all nine locations in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead.
“We are proud to support the Great Plains Food Bank and the important work they do every day in our community,” Hornbacher’s President Matt Leiseth said. “Because of our generous customers, and their continued dedication, we are able to help those in need and leave a positive and lasting impact, especially during this pandemic.”
The donation will provide nearly 300,000 meals for those in need and the total far breaks the campaign’s previous record donation amount of $76,268 collected in 2019. Now in its 26th year, Check Out Hunger has raised $600,000 to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank since 1994, which has provided 1.8 million meals for those in need.
“Year in and year out, we are amazed by the extraordinary generosity displayed by Hornbacher’s and their loyal customers,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “As we celebrate Hunger Action Day, the incredible action taken by Hornbacher’s customers will help thousands of hungry children, seniors and families that would not have enough food to eat if not for their generosity. On behalf of the Great Plains Food Bank and those seeking food assistance in our region, we cannot thank you enough.”
Specifically, the donation will support the Great Plains Food Bank’s perishable food recovery efforts, ensuring food that would otherwise go to waste gets into the hands of our food insecure neighbors living within Cass County and Clay County.
In 2019, the Great Plains Food Bank provided food for a record 12.5 million meals to more than 102,000 hungry individuals in the region.
About the 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 array of innovative direct service programs and partner network, have distributed more than 170 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.