Campaign has now brought in $657,849 to feed those in need since 2011
FARGO, N.D. – Hornbacher’s customers in the region made a big splash to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the store’s annual Feed Hope campaign with a $141,577 donation to the Great Plains Food Bank. The large donation far surpasses the previous record set last year of $80,898.
This year’s record gift is enough to supply more than 424,000 meals to help feed hungry children, seniors and families across North Dakota and western Minnesota. Feed Hope, which asked customers to make donations at the checkout lines at the store’s eight locations in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead throughout the month of December, has now raised $657,849 since 2011, which is enough to provide food for nearly two million meals for those in need.
In total, Feed Hope raised $161,577 overall in 2020 to help in the fight to end hunger. As a part of the campaign, Hornbacher’s also made donations to the Emergency Food Pantry ($10,000) and the Dorothy Day Food Pantry ($10,000), which are both partner agencies of the Great Plains Food Bank.
“We continue to be amazed by the support of Hornbacher’s and their wonderful customers with this year’s Feed Hope donation far exceeding the previous record set just last year,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We cannot thank them enough for all they do to partner with us in our work to end hunger. We are currently serving more people than ever and this incredible gift, along with Hornbacher’s daily food donations from each of their stores (totaling more than 1.5 million pounds of food each year), helps ensure there will be food available to those that need it during this challenging time for so many in our community.”
“We all have a stake in our community,” Hornbacher’s President Matt Leiseth said. “Our customers care about their neighbors, and they are proving once again that the people of the Fargo Moorhead area will take care of each other and reach out to support one another.”
The gift through Feed Hope comes at a crucial time for many struggling with food insecurity. As a result of COVID-19, the Great Plains Food Bank has seen a 45 percent increase in need for food assistance. Additionally, of those now turning to the Great Plains Food Bank, 25 percent are doing so for the first time.
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 of nearly 200 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs are 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.
Founded in 1951, Hornbacher’s has always strived to have the highest-quality and freshest perishable products and service. Hornbacher’s is a longtime member of the Fargo-Moorhead community and takes great pride in serving its communities through charitable, educational and nonprofit events.