Hess oil company makes huge donation to Great Plains Food Bank

The New York-based corporation struck up a $100,000 gift Monday, Dec. 7.

Brent Lohnes, the general manager for the Hess Corporation's North Dakota branch, speaks about the oil company giving $100,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank during a virtual announcement Monday, Dec. 7. Submitted photo

FARGO — An oil company with North Dakota ties struck more than just black gold Monday, Dec. 7.

Hess Corporation, which has branches in both Minot and Tioga, N.D., donated $100,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank.

The donation comes at a time when the food bank is asking for $14 million over the next year to fill increased food needs, which have risen 45%, or by 3.3 million meals.

Brent Lohnes, the general manager for Hess' North Dakota branch, said during the virtual announcement Monday that he's happy to pitch in, especially during the holiday season.

"Knowing that our $100,000 gift will immediately help fill the needs for hungry seniors, children and family across the state really does mean a lot," he said.


Melissa Sobolik, the president of Great Plains, said this kind of donation is crucial this time of year.

"They are our family, our friends, our neighbors, and they're struggling," she said, speaking of the people they serve. "But no matter what their situation is, one fact remains: No one deserves to go hungry."

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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