Great Plains mobile food pantry makes Rugby stop
The Great Plains Food Bank mobile food pantry made a stop in Rugby Tuesday, Sept. 1, assisting people in need with fresh fruits, cereals, juices and other staples.
Jared Slinde, communications manager for the Great Plains Food Bank, said the organization has been helping to feed people for 37 years.
“The only food bank in the state of North Dakota, the Great Plains Food Bank began operation in 1983, servicing all of North Dakota and Clay County, Minn.,” Slinde said via email. “Through our programs, services and food recovery efforts, we supplied needed food assistance to a record more than 102,000 hungry individuals in 2019.”
Slinde said the food bank, located in Fargo, reaches communities throughout North Dakota.
“We run a range of programs that bring food to those in need throughout our region. On Tuesday, we (stopped) in the communities of Tokio, Leeds and Rugby distributing food through our mobile food pantry,” Slinde said.
The stops in the north central region of North Dakota came after several stops last week in communities such as Crosby.
“The mobile food pantry typically makes four stops a year in Rugby and clients can expect to fresh fruits, vegetables, shelf-stable items and boxed good at the distribution,” Slinde said.
“Our mobile food pantry started in 2008 in an effort to fight food insecurity in rural areas and stops at more than 40 locations each year,” he added.
Slinde said registration to receive food from the mobile food pantry is not required. “Anyone in need of food assistance can attend the distribution without any preregistration required. We simply have them fill out a short intake form before they go through the line,” he indicated.
The Great Plains Food Bank also assists local community food pantries by providing government commodities such as juice and hamburger, according to Vonnie Degenstein of the Pierce County Food Pantry.
“We order some of our food from the Great Plains Food Bank,” noted Degenstein, “but most of our food comes from (local sources).”
“We spend three-fourths of our food budget at Leever’s Foods using donated money and a few other (sources),” Degenstein said.
Although Degenstein said the Pierce County Food Pantry relies mostly on local sources for food, she added, “We appreciate the Great Plains Food Bank.”
More information about ways to help or receive assistance is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Great Plains Food Bank at (701) 232-6219.
Information for the Pierce County Food Pantry in Rugby is available by calling (701) 776-5597.
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