Melissa Sobolik
Chief Executive Officer

Melissa began her stint as CEO July 2021 and becomes just the second CEO in the history of the Great Plains Food Bank. A veteran of hunger-relief, Melissa began her work with the Great Plains Food Bank in 2007 working with programs and agency relations and helped launch some of the organization’s most effective programs. She served as president from July of 2019 until being named CEO and previously served as director of the Ending Hunger 2.0 initiative, which focuses on long-term solutions and prevention to food insecurity. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia College and previously served on the Fargo City Commission and the North Dakota League of Cities Board of Directors.

Email:  msobolik@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Mark Lang
Operations Director

Mark Lang started his work as operations director with the Great Plains Food Bank in February of 2020 where he oversees all aspects of the operations team responsible for recovering and distributing more than 15 million pounds of food to those in need annually. Mark has brought a wealth of experience in team building, staff supervision and training, supply chain management, facility management, route scheduling, inventory management, customer service, safety programs, risk management and budgeting to the Great Plains Food Bank in a career that has spanned multiple decades. He previously served as operations manager for Mac’s Inc. and as warehouse manager/facility leader for DISH Network.  

Email: mlang@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Marcia Paulson 
Chief Development Officer

Engaging and mobilizing the community around the solvable problem of hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota is a challenge Marcia takes seriously. “I believe ending hunger is a shared responsibility and that together we can make a huge impact on the lives of those who are currently hungry, or at risk of hunger.” Marcia’s passion for equality has led her to hold both paid and volunteer positions within the nonprofit community for the past twenty years around the issues of hunger, poverty, racism, affordable housing, homelessness and violence prevention. Marcia holds a degree in Speech Communication from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and a degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.  

Email: mpaulson@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Janelle Brandon
Program Director

Janelle began as the Great Plains Food Bank program director in April 2022 where she oversees the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of the organization’s childhood, senior, family and rural hunger-relief programs. She also works closely with the operations team to help ensure the delivery of services to a statewide network of partner food pantries and feeding programs. Prior to her work with Great Plains Food Bank, Janelle was the manager of women’s community programs for Sanford Health and the wellness and lifestyle medicine supervisor at Sanford Health Plan. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has served on the City of Moorhead Park Advisory Board representing Ward 1 since 2017.

Email: jbrandon@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Kate Molbert
Chief Operating Officer

Kate began her journey with the Great Plains Food Bank in May of 2021. As chief operating officer, she oversees the day-to-day functions of multiple Great Plains Food Bank departments including operations, programs and agency services and accounting and finance. This is in addition to assisting with the overall strategic vision for the organization. Prior to her work in hunger-relief, Kate gained extensive experience in finance, economics and business administration working for Target, PwC and RDO Equipment Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Saint Thomas and both an M.B.A. and master’s degree in information systems from Boston University – School of Management.

Email: kmolbert@greatplainsfoodbank.org

David Stachon
Chief Financial Officer

David started with Great Plains Food Bank in February of 2022. As Chief Financial Officer, he oversees the finance and accounting, information technology, inventory and administration needs for the organization. Prior to coming to Great Plains Food Bank, David gained valuable experience in tax, finance and business at Eide Bailly and RDO Equipment Co. He holds a bachelor of accountancy degree from North Dakota State University.

Email: dstachon@greatplainsfoodbank.org


This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Great Plains Food Bank regarding websites located at www.greatplainsfoodbank.org and give.greatplainsfoodbank.org. Great Plains Food Bank reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting. Great Plains Food Bank (“us”, “we”, “our”). Website visitor, guest, and/or donor (“you”, “user”).

Information Collection

  • Personal Information You Choose to Provide In the process of general correspondence, making a gift, or participating in online surveys you may be asked to supply us with personal information, including your email address, postal address, home or work telephone number and other information. If you correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses. 
  • Website Use Information Similar to most websites, our site may utilize “cookies” and web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered may include the date and time of visits, pages viewed, time spent on our website, and the sites visited just before and just after ours. This information is collected on an aggregate basis; none of this information is associated with you as an individual.

How Do We Use Information 

  • That You Provide to Us? We use personal information for purposes of administering our not-for-profit business activities, providing service and support, and making available other information and services to our website visitors, guests, agency partners, advocates, contracted consultants, and approved vendors. We may use the information provided to notify you about important changes to our website, new services, or new information that supports your interest in hunger-relief. 
  • Collected From Cookies? We use cookies and web server logs to gather information about our website users’ browsing activities. This information assists us in designing and continually improving our web pages in the most user-friendly manner. We do not use these technologies to capture any personally identifying information.


  • How Do We Protect Your Information?
    • We utilize encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. 
    • Our operations and business practices are periodically reviewed for compliance with organization policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality and quality of our information. 
    • Our organization values ethical standards, policies and practices and is committed to the protection of user information. Our not-for-profit business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limits the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.
  • How Do We Secure Information Transmissions? All information transmitted through our website, giving pages, and forms are sent via secure, encrypted server. Other emails you send to us may not be secure; for that reason, we ask that you do not send confidential information such as Social Security, credit card, or account numbers to us through an unsecured email.
  • Do We Disclose Information to Outside Parties? We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information. We may provide aggregate information about our website visitors or website traffic patterns to our contracted affiliates or third parties; this information will not include personally identifying data, except as otherwise provided in this privacy policy. Personal information such as email and address may be shared with a contracted third party for the use of email dissemination and direct mail marketing; all third party vendors are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Legally Compelled Disclosure of Information? We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.

Permission to Use of Materials 

  • The right to download and store or output the materials on our website is granted for personal use only, and materials may not be reproduced in any edited form. Any other reproduction, transmission, performance, display or editing of these materials by any means mechanical or electronic without our express written permission is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce any materials appearing on this site may contact us directly.

Your Access to and Control of Information 

  • You may request access to all of your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our donor constituent database, DonorPerfect. 
  • You may request removal from any communication including but not limited to emails, direct mail pieces, text and phone calls.
  • Because we do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information; opting out of such practices is optional and not required.

Contact Great Plains Food Bank/Opt-out

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, need to opt-out of future communications, or wish to exercise any other privacy right you may have by law, please contact us in any of the ways shown below.

Great Plains Food Bank
attn. Development Associate
1720 3rd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

Phone: 701-476-9120

Email: info@greatplainsfoodbank.org

All opt-out requests will be honored, but please be patient with us as it may take up to twelve (12) weeks for opt-out changes to be fully implemented. We may also occasionally initiate contact with opt-out supporters in order to update their contact preferences, and we will promptly accommodate their updated preferences, if any.



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