Our Partner: Great Plains Food Bank
For nearly 30 years, the Great Plains Food Bank has been ending hunger through community partnerships. They are known for distributing great amounts of food quckly and efficiently; in 2011 alone, they collected, warehoused and distributed more than 9 million pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste.
FINNEGANS support for Great Plains Food Bank enabled the transportation of 21,280 lbs of fresh produce to food shelves in 2012 in ND.
Hunger in North Dakota
North Dakota is fortunate enough to be ranked as the state having the lowest level of food insecurity as well as the second lowest in unemployment. However, despite these encouraging numbers, there are still many homes that need to make tough decisions when it comes to putting food on the table. 78,693 people in North Dakota are experiencing poverty and 50,200 of those are food insecure. Of these food insecure individuals, 34% are not eligible to receive help from the federal SNAP (food stamps) program.
Many of those affected are kids. During the 2010-2011 school year, 7,063 children qualified for free or discount school lunches. Throughout North Dakota 1 in every 11 people receives help by some kind of charitable feeding program.