What is Cultural Foods Initiatives?
The Great Plains Food Bank has a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and are putting those words into action through our Cultural Foods Initiatives.
From procuring culturally relevant food items to offer to our partner agencies to better serve our neighbors in need to hosting cultural food pop-ups, Cultural Foods Initiatives is an approach to doing what we can to help hungry children, seniors and families in every community we serve.
Food pantry translated signs
Use these to create an inviting space for food pantry shopping. These have multiple languages to allow folks to understand what is available to them. They are listed in Arabic, Kurdish, French, Spanish and Nepali.
This can be used to create your own signs with open hours, restrictions on food items or to help create documents for our neighbors while they are using your food pantry.
Translated welcome sign for food pantry
To make everyone feel comfortable and welcome we know that seeing a language you recognize and understand is very important. Here is an option to post on the front of your pantry so everyone knows that they are welcome.
Meaningful Food Lists
The Ending Hunger 2.0 team held focus groups with 7 different communities in the Fargo/ Moorhead area that have been resettled in the area in the last 20 years. We asked what meaningful and traditional foods they prefer to eat along with other questions to better understand our neighbors. With this information, we were able to create meaningful food lists for each community. This is to serve as a resource for food pantry partners to better serve the neighbors they are serving. There will also be information about the community such as holidays they celebrate along with food restrictions.