Great Plains Food Bank makes stop in Dickinson
Great Plains Food Bank of Fargo made a stop in Dickinson Tuesday to bring perishable foods to people and families in need of food assistance.
The semi truck of goods unloaded at Biesiot Activities Center, bringing with it fresh produce, including apples, potatoes and salad greens, boxed goods such as Oreos, crackers and tortilla chips, and dairy, as well.
Before the 4 p.m. start of the distribution, 50 cars were already lined up.
The statewide effort is a regular one for Great Plains Food Bank, Rachel Monge, GPFB regional services manager, explained.
"We have an overabundance of perishable foods at the (GPFB) that we're not able to get out through our partner agency network," she said. "Three to four times a month we go on the road to different communities to take perishable food closer to the people in need of food assistance."
Fresh foods, Monge said, can be expensive at the grocery store and people on a fixed income can't always afford them.
"We're happy to bring the fresh foods where they're needed," she said.
Coordinating such events is made easier with community partners, Monge said, and Tuesday was no exception.
"We are blessed to have well over 40 kids from Dickinson High School joining us, and some folks from Gate City Bank, who have volunteered with us many times in the past," she said. "Today was not a challenge because of our great community partners in Dickinson."
DHS Coach Dave Michaelson said recruiting the students for the event was no problem.
"We decided that today this was going to be our workout for our track kids," he said. "They thought it was a good chance to get away from the day-to-day grind of throwing and lifting weights, and all the stuff they do indoors."
Michaelson said he was proud of his students.
"This is a good group of kids," he said. "We have all four grades represented, and they're just super kids."
Being able to bring fresh food to rural areas and people in need is "the best thing in the world," Monge said.
Last year, Great Plains Food Bank served over 97,000 North Dakotans.
"We know not everyone has access to a food pantry," she said. "We hope by continuously building up our network and getting the food out there, that will hopefully create enough access to food for those in need."
Monge anticipated serving more than 150 households Tuesday within the two hour period.