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Published July 30, 2011, 12:00 AM

Food bank very thankful for Minot flood donations

We wish to extend our appreciation to the thousands of individuals, businesses and churches that, along with Feeding America – the nation’s food bank network, other food banks in the region and food industry donors, have donated nearly half a million pounds of nonperishable food items, personal care products and cleaning supplies for those in the Minot region affected by record-breaking floodwaters.

By: Steve Sellent, INFORUM

We wish to extend our appreciation to the thousands of individuals, businesses and churches that, along with Feeding America – the nation’s food bank network, other food banks in the region and food industry donors, have donated nearly half a million pounds of nonperishable food items, personal care products and cleaning supplies for those in the Minot region affected by record-breaking floodwaters. In addition, we are amazed by the passion that hundreds of volunteers have demonstrated when assisting us in sorting and repacking these items for distribution.

We have heard and seen the gratitude expressed by individuals and families displaced or affected by this crisis, as well as the shelter and feeding programs assisting them. It is our honor to share their gratitude with those of you who again rallied during this difficult time of need.

Along with coordinating and transporting collected items to Minot evacuees and the shelters and programs serving them, the Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, is responding to the flooding crisis by offering food boxes in the coming weeks and months for those who have been evacuated from their homes and need food assistance. The food bank also will be distributing cleaning supplies during the cleanup and rebuilding phase, and providing additional supplies to food pantries and other charitable feeding programs that are expected to see increased demand for a prolonged period of time due to the financial hardships experienced because of the devastation caused by the record- breaking floodwaters. We estimate that by the time this crisis is over, 15-20 semi-loads of product will be distributed to the Minot region.

The food bank will continue serving as the central collection point for people interested in donating items in support of those affected by flooding in Minot. Individuals are invited to drop off items in the collection barrels at all Hornbacher’s, Sunmart, Cash Wise, and Walmart store locations through Sunday, and then at the Great Plains Food Bank statewide distribution center (1720 3rd Ave. N., Fargo) thereafter. To volunteer, please call (701) 232-6219.

The food bank, as part of our core business, responds with supplies and support to local, regional and national disasters. We know the recovery process is long for families and communities, and we are committed to assisting in all possible ways through the duration.


Sellent is program director of the Great Plains Food Bank.

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