PORTIONS
May 2017
A  newsletter of the Great Plains Food Bank
One Day at a Time
Each day David faces struggles and responsibilities. Like many needing food assistance, his family has endured trying times where a steady food source is difficult to come by. David has been taking care of both his wife, who is disabled, and his kids. The commitment to family only allows him to work part-time. "It would make it really tough on me (not having access to the food pantry)," he said. "It helps tremendously to keep food in the family. If I was going to buy it in the store, I just can't afford the prices they charge in the store so I would have to go buy discount." For more stories like David's, join us for our video series, "Hunger in Rural North Dakota" coming later in May.

This is SNAP
Watch as Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the program that most efficiently and effectively meets the needs of low-income families. 
Learn more about the SNAP program and how the Great Plains Food Bank is working to help those in need.

Fight Hunger Spark Change  
Happening now through May 15, the Great Plains Food Bank is teaming up with Walmart and Feeding America as they Fight Hunger Spark Change. For every participating product purchased at Walmart now through May 15, the manufacturer will donate nine cents to Feeding America - enough to secure one meal on behalf of local food banks. The Great Plains Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America, the nation's top hunger-relief charity. Walmart has the goal of donating $3 million to Feeding America through the Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign this year.

 
Upcoming Ways to Help
Many of our hunger relief partners hold food and fund drive events at their locations throughout the year. They also join us at our location to help end hunger. Check out these summer events to help our hungry neighbors in need: 
Bremer Bank is once again holding their  Meals for Many campaign from June 12 - 23. Watch your mail for more information.
Hornbacher's is celebrating their 25th year of helping others through their customer driven Check Out Hunger campaign during the month of July in their Fargo, Moorhead and Grand Forks locations.
The 5th Annual Packathon hunger-relief event will be held at the Great Plains Food Bank warehouse on September 7 and 8, 2017.  Grab a group of friends and join in the fun!



Ending Hunger Around the State
Hornbacher's Milestone
Hornbacher's employees not only donated $50,000, they also donated their time as part of Volunteer Appreciation Month!
Williston Mobile
More than 200 people got in line to get their share of more than 10,000 pounds of perishable food products.
Help Across the State
Volunteers are needed to help students who are in need of food in the summer months in several locations around the state. Learn more.

Looking Ahead 
June2, 2017
Summer Hours (Closed at Noon on Friday)
Through Sept. 1
June 5, 2017

Youth Summer Lunch Program

Bismarck, Fargo, Valley City 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

Through Aug. 18
June 12 - 23
Bremer Meals for Many Campaign
Statewide
Month of July
Hornbacher's Check Out Hunger Campaign
Fargo
Sept. 7 - 8
5th Annual Packathon!
Fargo
The Great Plains Food Bank strives to end hunger through community partnerships. Our vision is to create a hunger-free ND and western MN. We do all things in the spirit of leadership, innovation, integrity and collaboration. We are a partner of Feeding America.   Learn more about our programs and services and  contact us to find ways to join us. Together we can solve hunger.