Special Ways the Great Plains Food Bank Fights Hunger


The Great Plains Food Bank is known for being the only food bank serving North Dakota and western Minnesota. As part of its role as the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota, the Great Plains Food Bank offers programs and services for children, seniors, and families. Learn more about these programs and the various ways RDO Caters Taters for Charity’s 2018 event funds will be used to impact communities across the Great Plains Food Bank footprint. Child Nutrition More than 33,000 children across North Dakota rely on free and reduced lunches. This federal program is important and ensures these children’s nutritional needs are met during the school day – but outside of that, they struggle with hunger. Great Plains Food Bank offers three special programs specific to child nutrition. 1. The Backpack Program provides beverages, meals, and snacks for children to take home and have over the weekend. 2. The School Pantry Program offers discreet access to food at school, as well as libraries, parks, and youth sites. 3. Because hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, the Youth Summer Meals Program operates weekdays throughout the summer, giving children a place to enjoy a nutritious lunch. Disaster Relief Great Plains Food Bank is a member of the North Dakota Voluntary Relief Organizations Active in Disaster (NDVOAD) and lends support on several fronts when disaster strikes. Food and supplies are directed to emergency feeding centers operated by NDVOAD. Mobile Food Pantry Through the Mobile Food Pantry, fresh vegetables, meat, bakery items, and boxed goods are distributed right off one of Great Plains Food Bank’s delivery trucks directly to people in need. Those in need of food assistance are welcome to come to a Mobile Food Pantry site and receive food. Pop-Up Perishable Similar to the Mobile Food Pantry, the Pop-Up Perishable Program provides fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and shelf-stable items to those in need at select sites. Anyone needing food is welcome to come and take what they need. Senior Food Pack Program (CSFP) CSFP is the only USDA nutrition program that provides monthly food assistance for low-income seniors age 60 and older. The program provides nutritionally-balanced, shelf-stable food packages. Only 39 states operate CSFP so Great Plains Food Bank is proud to offer the program in several North Dakota counties. Perishable Food Recovery This program works with local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, and other outlets to rescue surplus prepared meals, and frozen and perishable products that can then be distributed to shelters, soup kitchens, and emergency food pantries. SNAP Outreach The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as the food stamp program, assists those with little or no income to buy food. The Great Plains Food Bank is part of a nationwide SNAP outreach effort that includes raising awareness about SNAP benefits and eligibility, providing assistance in applying for SNAP benefits, and reducing barriers to accessing food assistance programs. Every dine-in ticket, Take Out order, raffle ticket – every dollar raised at RDO Caters Taters for Charity is helping the Great Plains Food Bank carry out its mission through these programs. ----- Join us for RDO Caters Taters for Charity, Tuesday, November 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. 100% of proceeds benefit Great Plains Food Bank. See event photos and special updates by following RDO Caters Taters on Facebook and Instagram .

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