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.
A legendary evening broadcaster in the Fargo-Moorhead area for WDAY-TV 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.
Bossart was active within the Great Plains Food Bank from 2000 until 2011 in many capacities including vice president of the Daily Bread Program, now called the Fargo-Moorhead Food Recovery Program, from 2000 until 2006. The Fargo-Moorhead Food Recovery Program recovers more than 3 million pounds of food each year from grocery stores, retailers and restaurants that otherwise would go to waste.