PORTIONS | March 2022
Monthly e-newsletter from the Great Plains Food Bank
Amazing partners named 2021 Agency of the Year Award winners
The Ashley Food Pantry, Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks and Heavens Helpers Soup Café in Bismarck have been given the 2021 Agency of the Year Award by the Great Plains Food Bank for exceptional work in the fight to end hunger. Each recipient is given an award that truly epitomizes the organization’s three core values – passion, service and innovation.

The Agency of the Year Award is the highest honor given to the Great Plains Food Bank’s network of 200 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens located throughout North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. Each partner has shown exceptional commitment to those they have served over the previous calendar year.

2021 Hunger Relief Champions have shown resiliency to fight hunger in their communities
The Great Plains Food Bank has announced Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Nancy Johnson, Gowri Pillai (shown at right accepting her award with Great Plains Food Bank CEO Melissa Sobolik) and Jim Barnhardt as its 2021 Hunger Relief Champion Award winners. Each individual and organization have made an exceptional commitment to fight hunger inside their communities and have been longstanding champions battling food insecurity across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn.

Winners are nominated and selected based on their dedication to the Great Plains Food Bank mission, sharing their abilities and voice to end hunger while demonstrating the values of passion, service and innovation.

John Deere Foundation, Chick-Fil-A Foundation helping feed those in need
The John Deere Foundation ($47,700) and the Chick-Fil-A Foundation ($25,000) have made major donations to the Great Plains Food Bank that combined will provide 218,100 meals for those in need.

Also making recent significant gifts to help in our work were: Hope Lutheran Church ($41,040); Feeding America ($22,120.50); Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Inc. ($20,000); Natural Food Markets, Inc. ($15,758.25); Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church ($11,003.91); First Lutheran Church ($10,000) and Cargill, Inc. ($5,000).
Client Spotlight: Katrina Miller
Katrina Miller and her two youngest children arrived at a Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry distribution in Halliday on their bikes. Not for the exercise, but because it was their only means of transportation. Their car had broken down and they didn't have the funds to get it fixed.

Your support for the Great Plains Food Bank has provided the means for Katrina and her family of five to get through some difficult times.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank strives to end hunger together. A proud partner of Feeding America, our vision is to create a hunger-free North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. We do all things in the spirit of passion, service and innovation. Together we can solve hunger.

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