Child hunger relief in sight: Food Bank participates in Giving Hearts Day 2014

The Great Plains Food Bank, along with 172 other charitable organizations from across North Dakota, are partnering with Dakota Medical Foundation for a 24-hour online fundraising event at

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Funds raised will help feed families like Chris and Rachel’s.

Imagine an older minivan broken down on the side of the highway. It’s a familiar sight throughout rural North Dakota. Chris and Rachel are the owners of that minivan and the hardworking parents of three children. This family was forced to leave their vehicle after it stopped running on a blustery winter night in North Dakota.

With three kids to feed, a mortgage to pay and a house to heat, Chris’s first thought was how he might get to work without a functioning vehicle. Rachel did some fancy math so they could pay for the necessary repair to their van, but that meant no funds left for anything else, including groceries.

Most parents would agree that telling their children they won’t be eating supper tonight has to be one of the most difficult conversations to have. Most parents would sacrifice a great many things to ensure their children are fed, including going hungry themselves. Yet, so many of our hardworking neighbors around North Dakota are reluctant to ask for help!

The Great Plains Food Bank reports that in 2012, more than 11,000 children a month relied on food support from one of the Great Plains Food Bank partner agencies.

Hunger among our children can have lifelong and extremely costly consequences. Hungry children suffer physical, emotional and developmental impairment. They are sick and hospitalized more often. Hungry children don’t learn as well at school, which in turn limits their potential and productivity as adults. Adults who experienced hunger as children are often not well prepared mentally, emotionally, physically or socially to perform in today’s work environment.

With such alarming statistics that are very real to one in seven North Dakota children who live with hunger, you have the power and resources to become a Hunger Hero on February 13, 2014! The Great Plains Food Bank, along with 172 other charitable organizations across North Dakota, are partnering with Dakota Medical Foundation for Giving Hearts Day.

Your gift can go even further on Giving Hearts Day. For gifts of $10 or more, made online at, up to $21,000 will be matched-making you a true Hunger Hero!

The Great Plains Food Bank engages community partners to end hunger. As the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, the Great Plains Food Bank partner network includes 282 charitable feeding programs operating in 112 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota.

Celebrating its 30th year of service, the Great Plains Food Bank and its statewide partner network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs have distributed food for more than 100 million meals to children seniors and families in need since opening its doors in 1983.

The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status; and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.

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