Mobile Food Bank Helps Rural Communities

Do you know where your next meal is coming from?

The Great Plains Food Bank says more than 10% of North Dakotans do not.

Many of those individuals live in rural communities and have to travel many miles to reach a food bank.

The Great Plains Food Bank is bringing food to those in need.

“Nobody should go to bed hungry,” said Rachel Monge, Great Plains Food Bank Regional Service Manager.

In 2017, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed 11.6 million meals to more than 97,000 North Dakotans.

“Our food just helps us tremendously, the food that you guys give us,” said a food bank client.

To make meals more accessible to those living in rural areas, they have the mobile food bank. In a year, they make stops at 18 communities quarterly and many in rural areas.

“We have enough food in North Dakota to feed everyone and it just needs to be accessible to people,” said Monge.

According to Feeding America, the top three counties in 2015 with the highest percentage of food insecurity were in rural communities.

“We get down quite a bit you know in our supply that we have,” said a food bank client.

“They’re having to chose whether they drive or whether use that money for other things like their rent or medication,” said Monge.

These families don’t have to worry as much about getting food they need.

“It helps us a lot,” said a food bank client.

Because the mobile food bank is coming to them.

Last year the mobile food bank distributed nearly 720,000 pounds of food in North Dakota.

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