June 6, 2014 – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, received a $15,000 investment from the Caterpillar Foundation to help bring more food to people in North Dakota and western Minnesota who are struggling with hunger by strengthening partnerships within the retail, manufacturing and agricultural industries.
The grant to the Great Plains Food Bank, part of a $1.5 million investment that Caterpillar Foundation is making to Feeding America member food banks across the country, will go toward food sourcing initiatives that will result in more food for food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens operating in more than 100 communities statewide.
“We rely greatly on our community partners to end hunger,” said Steve Sellent, program director for the Great Plains Food Bank. “This gift from the Caterpillar Foundation will allow us to further develop our food sourcing initiatives and support our goal to distribute food for 11.5 million meals to people in need.”
This investment from the Caterpillar Foundation follows a recent food drive conducted by Caterpillar employees. They collected child-friendly items to fill 360 backpacks with food for three meals, snacks and juice or milk for children struggling with hunger on the weekends or over holiday breaks when other food resources are not available.