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Red River Valley Community Action named 5 Star Food Pantry

FARGO – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, is pleased to announce that Red River Valley Community Action is certified as a 5 Star Food Pantry. Red River Community Action is located in Grand Forks and assists low-income families and individuals in Nelson, Pembina, Walsh and Grand Forks counties achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The 5 Star Food Pantry is a certification program offered by the Great Plains Food Bank. Partner food pantries are encouraged to apply for the three year status which grants them the highest honor possible for a North Dakota food pantry. Partner agencies complete a 78 question application where they are asked questions on their operations, volunteer recruitment and engagement, breadth of community support, programmatic sustainability, financial strength and strategic planning.

In addition to the special recognition and accolades, the 5 Star Food Pantry serves as a role model for other food pantries. 5 Star certified agencies have a willingness to adapt to the changing hunger needs of a community and demonstrated best practices in their field.

“Red River Valley Community Action runs a superb food pantry and we are excited about the opportunity to give them this exclusive honor. The communities of Michigan and Grand Forks should be proud to have this well-run organization in their communities,” says Melissa Sobolik, Director of Agency & Client Services. “We are proud to stand alongside them in their fight to end hunger.”


About the Great Plains Food Bank: The Great Plains Food Bank strives for a hunger-free North Dakota and western Minnesota by recovering and distributing surplus food and grocery product, engaging in community partnerships and advocating for social change. In 2011, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 9.4 million pounds of food, valued at over $15 million, touching the lives of more than 71,000 individuals – nearly 40% being children. As the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, our partner network includes 278 charitable feeding programs operating in 97 communities.

The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a nonprofit social services agency serving one in nine North Dakotans annually from offices in five cities with 19 programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Contact: Marcia Paulson | Director of Marketing and Development, 1720 3rd Ave N | Fargo, ND 58102 | 701.232.6219 | 701.476.9101 (direct)

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