FARGO – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, has announced the open nomination process for the “Agency of the Year” award. The Great Plains Food Bank works with a network of 257 nonprofit charitable feeding programs across North Dakota and western Minnesota, dedicated to hunger relief efforts such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. This spring, one of them will be presented the annual “Agency of the Year” award.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 12, 2013. Nomination forms and more details can be found at www.greatplainsfoodbank.org or by calling (701) 232-6219. The nominator will answer five simple questions, including contact information for the nominee, why they believe the agency should win, what difference the agency makes in its community, the scope of its hunger relief activities and the nominator’s relationship to the agency. In addition, each nomination form must be accompanied by at least two letters of recommendation. While agencies are not allowed to nominate themselves, they can be nominated by community members, volunteers and/or their clients. Nomination forms can be submitted via mail, email or fax to the following:
Mail: Great Plains Food Bank
Agency of the Year Nomination
1720 3rd Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (reference Agency of the Year in the subject line)
Nomination packets will be reviewed by a panel of Great Plains Food Bank staff and statewide hunger advocates. The winner will be announced at the Great Plains Food Bank Partner Appreciation event scheduled for this spring.
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 16.7 million meals to children, seniors and families in need since opening its doors in 1983.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
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 257 charitable feeding programs operating in 101 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. In 2012, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 11.4 million pounds of food, touching the lives of more than 75,000 individuals – 35% being children and 14% seniors.
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.