July 17, 2013 - The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, has named May-Port Food Pantry as its 2012 Agency of the Year at a regional meeting held in Fargo. The Agency of the Year is the highest honor given to one of the Great Plains Food Bank’s 265 hunger relief partner agencies.
“We are thrilled to present this year’s award to the May-Port Food Pantry,” said Melissa Sobolik, director of agency and client services for the Great Plains Food Bank. “They really are one of the shining starts in hunger relief. They operate a client-choice food pantry that restores clients’ dignity by allowing them to “shop” for items. They do an outstanding job of training their volunteers, and we are so proud to partner with them.”
In 2012, the May-Port Food Pantry distributed nearly 27,000 pounds of food, providing for more than 20,000 meals to its hungry neighbors in need.
Agencies are nominated each spring by a volunteer or community member who believes the agency goes above and beyond to serve clients and eliminate hunger. The other nominees were Amidon Community Cupboard (Amidon), AMEN Food Pantry (Dickinson) and the Tri City Food Pantry (Fargo). Past winners include the Belfield Medora Food Pantry and the Cando Food Pantry.
The Great Plains Food Bank and its partner network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs served more than 75,000 individuals in 2012 - touching the lives of 1 in 10 individuals seeking emergency food assistance in North Dakota and western Minnesota.