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May is Older Americans Month

The appreciation month for seniors is an annual event dating back to 1963. Every president, from that date forward, has issued a formal proclamation that the entire nation pay tribute to older persons and their contributions to our communities. At the Great Plains Food Bank we are paying special attention to our ND and MN seniors. Food insecurity is particularly detrimental to seniors because of their unique nutritional needs related to aging and their medical conditions. You can get involved by elevating awareness of senior hunger by posting to social media with #SolveSeniorHunger, organizing a food drive for items unique to senior needs, and telling a member of congress to support a strong Older Americans Act to provide health and nutrition services to seniors in need.  Learn more about the issue, and find resources to work together to end senior hunger in our communities!

Helping Our Seniors

The Great Plains Food Bank is able to help our seniors by providing the Senior Food Pack Program.  This commodity-based program, providing nutritionally-balanced, shelf-stable food packages. The Senior Food Pack Program is the only USDA nutrition program that provides monthly food assistance specially targeted at low-income seniors. Individuals age 60 and over with incomes of less than 130 percent of the federal poverty line (approximately $15,171 for a senior living alone in 2014) are eligible for the program. The Senior Food Pack Program must be funded each year through the annual federal appropriations process and can only serve as many eligible people as funding allows. As a result, this program only operates in 39 states. We are proud that we can offer this program in North Dakota! For more information please contact: Cathy Herbold.

More Meals for Many

Bremer Bank is partnering with the Great Plains Food Bank to help end hunger in our local communities through the Meals for Many campaign.  For every dollar donated between June 15 and June 27, 2015, Bremer Bank will match your donation $2-for-$1, up to $30,000! Make a donation at your local Bremer Bank or click here to donate online. Together we will solve hunger!

Gardening Together

Community gardens are a free opportunity for fresh and healthy food.  In exchange for lending a hand one or two hour per week you can bring home a bounty of fresh produce, gardening knowledge, and the warmth of community.  Join the event on Saturday, May 30 from 9am to noon, and get more information on Facebook!

Thank You!
Our mission is to end hunger through community partnerships. Thanks for joining us! Check out our Facebook page for pictures and more information on the mission of the Great Plains Food Bank! 
Many thanks to the CHS, Inc locations who once again held their Harvest for Hope campaign to help hungry families.  Their generous donation of $133,063 will provide meals for people in need across the state!
Thank you to Hope Lutheran Church for donating $116,000 to end childhood hunger as part of their Easter offering!
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In This Issue


Upcoming Events  


March - June
May 30
Fargo Area Gardens

June 18
by Artist Kim Jore
Drekker Brewing Company

June 15 - 27

Check Out Hunger
Fargo-Moorhead Area Hornbachers

September 9 - 10
Great Plains Food Bank


The Great Plains Food Bank Offers Help
 The Great Plains Food Bank and our partner network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters offer emergency food assistance to those in need across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Click the links below to learn more about our programs and services.


Mobile Food Pantry: Bringing food to people in communities that don't have a traditional food pantry.


BackPack Program: Helping feed children on weekends and during the summer.


SNAP Outreach: Application assistance to individuals and families eligible for SNAP benefits.


To learn more visit greatplainsfoodbank.org

call 701.232.6219 or

like us on Facebook.

The Great Plains Food Bank engages community partners to end hunger.  We are a program of
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and a member of Feeding America.