Solving food insecurity is about more than ending a hungry feeling because someone missed a meal. It’s about creating the possibility for someone to have a better future.

A unique, new food pantry is ending hunger in West Fargo. At Monday’s ribbon cutting where over 100 neighbor and community leaders showed support for West Fargo Eats., once a pop-up food pantry turned permanent hunger-relief program.

A special thank you to all who joined us, including West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis. Making this kind of meaningful change in a community cannot be done alone. It truly is a shared responsibility.

After starting a pop-up food pantry in a parking lot in 2020, it was quickly evident that the need for food supports was more significant than anticipated by YWCA Cass Clay, Lutheran Church of the Cross and Great Plains Food Bank. A sustainable, long-term solution was needed. This vision became a reality when Gate City Bank generously gave $120,000 to renovate the church garage for a pantry.

Already the pantry has provided 147,682 pounds of food to 13,056 people. These individuals and families experience more than common hunger pangs. While we may take for granted that there will food on the table tonight, those in food crisis don’t know when or where they will get their next meal. Too often, this results in the impossible choice between feeding their family, paying the rent, or buying medications. Now families won’t have to make that choice, thanks to West Fargo Eats.

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Without judgement or hesitation, all in need are welcome at West Fargo Eats. Neighbors who visit will be able to get three days’ worth of nutritious food in a food pantry setting of choice, respect and dignity.

We are joined in the act of nourishing neighbors today so they can thrive tomorrow. As Pastor Megan Casper says, “It’s an act of love.”

Erin Prochnow is CEO of YWCA Cass Clay and Sobolik is CEO of the Great Plains Food Bank.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.