Food & Funds Drive


Q. Why should I conduct a food and fund drive?

  • Help your hungry neighbors. Hunger is a growing problem but it can be solved. The Great Plains Food Bank receives more than 500,000 pounds of product from food and fund drives each year. Your efforts will help us meet increased demand for nutritious non-perishable foods. 
  • Take an active role to end hunger. Everyone has a role in ending hunger. By working with the Great Plains Food Bank, the food and funds you donate will be distributed to your community and throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota. 
  • Join great company. Each year, hundreds of companies, associations, civic groups, and individuals conduct food and fund drives to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank. Food and fund drives are a great way to build team spirit and community goodwill.

Q. Is running a food drive difficult? 
A. No. With a little planning running a food and fund drive can be easy. The Great Plains Food Bank supplies everything you need to help feed your hungry neighbors today. We can provide collection containers, promotional materials and, if needed, pick-up the food at the end of your drive. We will also provide you with a report on how much food you collected and the impact it will have on our neighbors in need.

Q. Why should I collect funds as part of my food drive?
A. In addition to food and grocery products, every dollar raised through your food drive enables the Great Plains Food Bank to recover and distribute $8.30 worth of food to children, seniors and working families in our community. Every $50 donation provides 150 meals to those who need it most. We encourage adding a fund drive component to your food drive for individuals and organizations who are interested in this effective and cost-efficient way to fight hunger. All donation are tax-deductible and a gift receipt will be provided if we have the donor’s name, address and amount contributed.

Q. What types of food should I ask people to donate?
A. Although cash donations are the easiest and most efficient way to donate, we appreciate each and every food donation as well. Our most needed items are:
Peanut Butter
Canned Meat Products
Pancake Mix
Tomato Based Products
Boxed Meals
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Rice and Instant Potatoes
Personal Hygiene Products
Paper Products
Cleaning Supplies There are some rules and recommendations about donating non-perishable food that we ask you to follow. We accept all non-perishable (not frozen or refrigerated), sealed, unexpired food. We accept unopened toiletries (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, etc.) that should be kept separate from any food donation. We prefer non-glass containers for the safety of our volunteers. We have some tolerance for expired foods but they must be no more than 3 months past expiration. We cannot accept baby food from a food drive

Q. What happens to the food I donate?
A. Once the food you collect is donated to the Great Plains Food Bank, it is checked for compliance with our food safety guidelines and then sorted and repacked for distribution. Our partner feeding programs network then places an order for the amount of food drives items they need to meet increasing demand and we transport this product to them on a monthly basis, effectively and efficiently placing the food and funds generated by your efforts in the hands of those who are most vulnerable

Q. Need a pick up?
A. Review these guidelines to see if you qualify for a food drivepick upfrom the Great Plains Food Bank. If you do, we will contact you near the end of your food drive to coordinate the pick up or delivery of your donations. 


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.



We are grateful for your donation and support of our organization. If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to our organization please contact us. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.


Ongoing support is important to enabling projects to continue their work, so we encourage donors to continue to contribute to projects over time. But if you must cancel your recurring donation, please notify us.