Fargo, ND -- The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, to meet the special dietary needs of hungry children participating in the agency's BackPack Program.
The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as on weekends, school vacations and over the summer. Each backpack is filled with child-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed food for four meals plus snacks. Support from the Women’s Fund will be used to secure and distribute specific food for children in the program are who need gluten-free, lactose-free or peanut-free items.
Lutheran Social Services' 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 278 charitable feeding programs operating in 101 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. In 2011, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 9.4 million pounds of food, touching the lives of more than 71,400 individuals – 35% being children and 14% seniors. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is 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.