FROM POLLEN MIDWEST
Community partnerships are the foundation of the Great Plains Food Bank’s (GPFB) work to end hunger across North Dakota. The only food bank in North Dakota, GPFB recovers and distributes food for more than 10 million meals annually through innovative programs aimed at ending childhood, senior and rural hunger as well as through a network of more than 260 partner feeding programs operating in more than 100 communities statewide.
MEETING EVOLVING NEEDS
To inspire long-term solutions and sweeping change within its operations, GPFB teamed up with community groups and state organizations to draft a watershed study that examined hunger from a holistic perspective. The findings gave rise to nine new programs and boosted the number of meals the food bank provided from four million to 10 million annually.
FINDING LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS
As national chains added groceries to their product lines, GPFB retooled its program to keep up with industry trends. By welcoming new partners, it nearly tripled commercial food donations from 5.2 million to 13.1 million pounds a year, bringing the organization one step closer to long- term solutions that prevent hunger.