FARGO, N.D. – For their steadfast commitment sharing in the Great Plains Food Bank mission to end hunger together, Fargo-Moorhead FOX affiliate KVRR-TV has been named the inaugural winner of the Great Plains Food Bank Marv Bossart Voice of Hunger Award. Created earlier this year, the Marv Bossart Voice of Hunger Award lifts up amazing media members and members of the community that go above and beyond in sharing news on the fight to end hunger.
“KVRR-TV is honored to be the recipient of the inaugural Great Plains Food Bank Marv Bossart Voice of Hunger Award,” KVRR-TV General Manager/Chief Operating Officer Kathy M. Lau said. “It was a sincere pleasure to work with a dedicated group of individuals from Great Plains Food Bank to help in the mission and meet the challenges to end hunger in our community.”
KVRR-TV is consistently at the forefront of local coverage surrounding the Great Plains Food Bank and hunger-relief news and events from across the Red River valley. Always proactive in how they can assist in telling the story of this work, the Great Plains Food Bank has become a regular part of KVRR-TV’s evening newcasts, morning shows and their online presence. Their coverage is invaluable and keeps the public informed on upcoming mobile food pantry stops and locations, volunteer events, recognition of donors and other Great Plains Food Bank announcements. The station has also taken an active role in battling food insecurity by hosting food drives to collect items from their staff to donate.
“Their commitment to this work is unwavering,” Great Plains Food Bank Communications Manager Jared Slinde said. “They are a media partner we know that we can always count on. Their staff of photojournalists and management staff, which have spent many hours inside of our warehouse, are all outstanding to work with and carry the same passion for helping people in need. We cannot thank KVRR enough for all they do to help in the fight to end hunger. They are no doubt the same passions that Marv shared himself and truly epitomize the spirit of this award.”
A legendary evening broadcaster in the Fargo-Moorhead area for more than four decades and a Minnesota State University-Moorhead journalism instructor for 37 years, Bossart was a true champion for the Great Plains Food Bank and the fight to end hunger. He served on the advisory board and as vice president of the Great Plains Food Bank Fargo-Moorhead Food Recovery Program for more than a decade and remained a fixture around the Great Plains Food Bank warehouse for years. Bossart passed away in 2013 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
About the Marv Bossart Voice of Hunger Award
Valuable members of the media and vocal members inside our communities are crucial to the fight to end hunger. The only food bank in the state of North Dakota, the Great Plains Food Bank could not perform this service without powerful champions sharing our mission and telling the community how to volunteer, donate and where those struggling with food insecurity can access our services. With these thoughts in mind, we wished to lift up those incredible media members and community members that continually go the extra mile sharing the message of our work by awarding the Great Plains Food Bank Marv Bossart Voice of Hunger Award. Their service is invaluable. Read more about this great award 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.