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Steve Sellent, Published January 12 2014

Letter: Great Plains Food Bank expresses appreciation

On behalf of the one in 10 people who turn to food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelter programs each year to meet their hunger needs, we extend our thanks to the Student Ambassadors from Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and surrounding areas who so skillfully spearheaded the seventh annual Fill the Dome event. Because of their leadership, and the generosity demonstrated by businesses, schools, churches and individuals residing in Cass and Clay counties, an incredible 91 tons of food and $57,637 was collected – providing for 413,349 meals to those struggling with hunger.

This project is so much more than a food drive; it’s a communitywide showcase of our young leaders. They are passionate and dedicated as they lead by example and mentor younger students and adults alike. They teach us that no problem is too big, no idea too crazy, nothing is unattainable.

The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, was one of the beneficiaries of this tremendous effort. We share our thanks and gratitude for being part of a community where neighbors still help neighbors. We see firsthand how the results of this event impacts lives. Children will go to bed with full tummies. Seniors won’t have to choose between buying groceries and medication. Hardworking parents will be able to put food on the table for their hungry families. And people living in under-served communities across North Dakota will now have access to food resources through the Great Plains Food Bank’s rural outreach programs.

All the Cass-Clay emergency feeding programs were supported by this year’s event and include:

All Nations Assemblies of God, Barnesville Area Food Pantry, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Cass County Rural Food Pantry, Churches United for the Homeless, Dorothy Day House & Food Pantry, Emergency Food Pantry, Faith Food Ministry, Family Worship Center Food Pantry, First Assembly of God Food Pantry, Gladys Ray Shelter, Greater Refuge Tabernacle Ministries, Great Plains Food Bank/Daily Bread/Cass Clay BackPack Program, Latter Rain Ministries, New Life Center, Peace Lutheran Church Food Pantry, REACH Food Pantry, River Valley Church Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, SENDCAA, Tri City Haitian Ministry, YWCA Cass Clay.

Again, our thanks and admiration is extended to the youth of this community who stepped up as leaders and moved us a giant step closer to a hunger-free community.

Sellent, Fargo, is program director, Great Plains Food Bank.