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Food Industry Donations

Making A Difference

Your Donations Make A Difference

Each year, the Great Plains Food Bank supports North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. by recovering and distributing more than 15 million pounds of donated surplus product. While the number of pounds has increased, so has the need for fresh food.

By working together we are pioneering new ways to reduce waste, better utilizing resources available in this land of plenty, and helping to bring more food to those in our communities who are hungry.

With 50 million Americans struggling with hunger, we can’t afford to allow any food to go to waste. To help close this gap we work with a variety of organizations—from corporations to farmers—to ensure that our hungry neighbors have the food they need.

How You Can Help

Watch for donation opportunities, share information with your associates and vendors, or participate by doing any of the following:

Surplus Produce: If you find yourself with extra vegetables or fruit that you are unable to sell or won’t be able to use, we ask that you consider donating them.

Less-Than-Perfect Produce: Donate less-than-ideal food that is still perfectly edible to our neighbors in need.

Land: Dedicate extra land to grow fresh food for food banks.

While donations of all types of produce are accepted, there is particular need for heartier fresh foods that last longer such as:

Potatoes (Bulk totes & #2’s)
Dry Edible Beans

Donation Facts
No donation is too small. We can connect you directly with a partner agency that will accept your donation.
No donation is too large. We accept bulk shipments and are able to pick them it up from your location.
We accept fresh produce.
With our distribution network we can respond quickly to capture your donation.
Donations made in good faith are protected from liability by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act which was signed into law on October 1, 1996.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved:

Top food donors of 2018

State of North Dakota (1,523,493 pounds)
Hornbachers (1,219,477)
Walmart (1,198,080)
Sam's Club (891,973)
Heimbuch Potatoes (791,699)
Cashwise (719,064)
Feeding America National (714,842)
Super Valu Inc - Fargo - UFI (423,625)
Hugh's Garden (355,170)
Associated Potatoes (352,930)
Target (346,064)
Food Services of America (301,994)
Hunger Solutions - Local (262,497)
SpartanNash (253,604)
Hugo's (251,894)
Black Gold (251,087)
Midwest Produce Mixing Center (221,042)
Four Star Ag (214,511)
Nashville FB PP (Project Preserve) (212,804)
Midwest Produce Mixing Center (138,277)
Dan & Beatrice Faust (164,752)
J.R. Simplot Co (161,296)
Fill the Dome (153,201)
Sam's Club - Grand Forks (147,901)
US Foods GF (139,389)
State of Minnesota (135,642)
Walmart 13th Avenue Fargo (132,255)
Hornbacher's Express - DB (131,100)
Super Valu - Bismarck - UFI (126,323)
J A Food Service (126,016)
NoKota Packers Inc (126,000)
US Foods Bismarck (113,600)
Second Harvest Heartland Purchase (111,762)
Pepsi Beverage Co. (110,004)
Russ Davis Wholesale (108,823)
Walmart Minot (107,119)
State of North Dakota (106,559)
Target - Grand Forks (99,829)
Cash Wise Foods Moorhead (95,970)
Target - 13th Avenue Fargo (95,535)
Walmart Grand Forks -32nd Ave (93,771)
Walmart Williston (93,713)
McLane Global (93,198)
Cash Wise Minot (92,653)
Mondelez International (89,828)
Target - Bismarck (84,570)
Walmart - Mandan (83,658)
Cash Wise Williston (82,770)
Walmart - Grand Forks - Gateway (82,664)
Walmart Dickinson (82,632)
Walmart Jamestown (74,396)


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