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Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program Celebrates 5 Years

2.15 Million Meals Provided to Neighbors in Need

Bismarck, N.D. – September 30, 2014 - The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, celebrates the 5th Anniversary of its Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program. The Great Plains Food Bank has received tremendous support from hunger-relief partners, including more than 30 local food industry businesses and restaurants, and 18 partner agencies.

“Our food industry partners and our partner network of food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters are instrumental in our work to end hunger,” said Steve Sellent, program director for the Great Plains Food Bank. “Because of their generous gifts of food, passion, and commitment on the front lines to feed our neighbors in need, together we were able to provide food for an amazing 2.15 million meals, and for that we are so grateful.”

The Great Plains Food Bank launched the Bismarck-Mandan Food Recovery Program in 2009. Through the program, surplus prepared meals, frozen and perishable products are rescued from grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, hospitals, colleges, schools, and grocery wholesalers in the Bismarck and Mandan communities and then distributed to shelters, soup kitchens, and emergency food pantries serving children, seniors and families living with, or at risk of hunger.

Making fresh food available for distribution and putting it into the hands of those who need it is in line with the Great Plains Food Bank’s commitment to nutrition. To learn more, visit

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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