FARGO, N.D. – In recognition of their community efforts, the Great Plains Food Bank has named Our Savior Lord’s Food Pantry in Max, as its 2018 Agency of the Year.
The Agency of the Year Award is the highest honor given to the Great Plains Food Bank’s network of more than 300 partner agencies and feeding sites across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
“Opened in December 2015, Our Savior Lord’s Food Pantry immediately began to fill a critical need in its community and quickly expanded to become a reliable resource for those in need,” Great Plains noted in a statement. “It served 14 households in its first month and has grown to supply needed food assistance to as many as 70 households in a single month with the help of more than 36 committed volunteers.”
They also participate in the Great Plains Food Bank Food Rescue Program, recovering food that otherwise would go to waste from Cash Wise Foods in Minot and then distributing food boxes through the Senior Food Box Program to low-income seniors each month.
“Our Savior Lord’s Food Pantry is the perfect example of all that can be accomplished when a community comes together to help in the fight to end hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “Their volunteer support and exceptional efforts in food recovery and distribution are helping to feed children, seniors and families in the Max area that may otherwise go without eating. We thank them for all they have done battling food insecurity today and in the future.”
Agencies are nominated for the Agency of the Year Award by members of the community, local businesses, civic organizations, volunteers or clients that believe the agency goes to extraordinary means to serve clients and eliminate hunger.
Now in its 35th year, the Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 213 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn.