FARGO, N.D. – The John Deere Foundation has granted the Great Plains Food Bank a pair of awards totaling $47,700 that will benefit efforts to support child and rural hunger efforts for the state’s only food bank. The awards will provide food for 143,100 meals for our neighbors in need.
The John Deere Foundation awarded these grants as part of its 10-year commitment to invest $200 million in John Deere home communities and around the world.
“We are proud to join others in the community to support the Great Plains Food Bank,” said Nate Clark, President of the John Deere Foundation. “We share an unwavering belief that every person deserves the dignity created by access to food. Through the work of the Great Plains Food Bank, we can make this belief a reality.”
“We are fortunate that John Deere is a steadfast partner in our work, and we cannot thank them enough for all they do on this journey to end hunger today, tomorrow and for good. These funds will be used to feed children in need and those battling food insecurity in our rural communities,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Melissa Sobolik said.
Hunger impacts one in six individuals across North Dakota including one in four children. The Great Plains Food Bank features a trio of childhood hunger programs including its backpack program, youth summer meals program and school pantry program. The Great Plains Food Bank works with a network of 200 partner food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens across the state along with visiting more than 70 rural communities with its mobile food pantry each year.
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