FARGO, N.D. – As food insecurity is now impacting one in six individuals in the state, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed a proclamation to officially declare September to be Hunger Action Month across the state of North Dakota. Working alongside organizations such as the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition and the Great Plains Food Bank, Burgum made the declaration this week.
“Whereas, adequate nutritious food is necessary for the health, well-being and education of individuals of all ages, and access to adequate healthful food assures people’s abilities to be productive citizens on Main Streets, rural roads and farmstead drives,” the proclamation in part reads. “Now, therefore, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim September 2021, Hunger Action Month in the State of North Dakota.”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever throughout North Dakota have turned to the Great Plains Food Bank and its network of 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. In 2020, the Great Plains Food Bank provided more than 15.7 million meals to those in need, which was a 43 percent increase over the year before. Over the last 12 months, the Great Plains Food Bank has helped to feed more than 150,000 individuals.
Throughout the month of September, the Great Plains Food Bank has joined with Feeding America, which is a network of 200 food banks across the nation that includes the Great Plains Food Bank, in celebrating Hunger Action Month.
Read the full proclamation and learn more about Hunger Action Month HERE.
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 nearly 200 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating more than 100 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 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 in 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.