Each year we distribute more than 14 million pounds of food and grocery products to nearly 200 partners across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Our partners are as strong and diverse as the staff and volunteers who operate them. This network, comprised of food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, afterschool programs, and other charitable feeding programs, are on the front lines every day distributing the food we supply directly into the hands of hungry children, seniors and working families. They are a vital link in our mission to end hunger as well as the emergency food chain.
Partnership with GPFB offers many benefits:
- We work hand in hand with partners to support, guide and help accomplish the mission of feeding the hungry.
- Food assistance partners will have opportunities to access low- and no cost foods from the GPFB warehouse that are both donated and purchased. Partners will also have opportunities to participate in programming such as: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Senior Food Pack, BackPacks, and Mobile Food Pantry.
- Partners will have access to best practices, innovative ideas and resources.
- Partners will have access to networking with nearly 200 hunger fighting organizations.
Interested in becoming a partner?
The Great Plains Food Bank celebrates the uniqueness of each partner, but maintains high standards of food safety, client treatment, and barrier elimination to ensure clients are served in a safe and dignified manner. When starting a food assistance program, it is important to consider other food programs and gaps in your community. We highly encourage collaboration with existing food assistance programs, but look forward to hearing about potential gaps a new partnership could fill.
The partnership eligibility matrix is to be used as a visual to determine if the food assistance program is eligible for partnership. CLICK HERE.
We accept applications at any time. The average application processing time is 4-6 weeks, however during October- January the process may take longer. Meeting eligibility requirements does guarantee partnership. We review all applications to ensure new partners are not duplicating services and filling a gap within the community. We strongly consider partnerships with those that exhibit thoughtful and organized intentions that align with our mission to end hunger in North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota.
CLICK HERE to download a partnership application.
Applications can be scanned to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Great Plains Food Bank ~ 1720 3rd Ave. N ~ Fargo, ND 58102.
If you are not eligible for a traditional food assistance program partnership, please contact our Programs and Agency Services Department at 701-232-6219 for more information.