Bell Bank Employees Help Fight Hunger
Some Bell Bank employees spent time packing food for those in need at Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo.
Great Plains Food Bank
Great Plains Food Bank serves 215 partner agencies across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. Those agencies include soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, after-school programs, senior meal sites and other non-profit organizations that serve and distribute food to people in need. One in 9 people struggle with hunger throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota. Last year alone, the network served more than 94,400 people; 36 percent were children and 11 percent were seniors.
The Great Plains Food Bank only has 35 employees, so it relies on the more than 5,500 volunteers a year who provide nearly 20,000 hours of service to the organization.
During the Great Plains Food Bank Packathon to fight hunger, 35 Bell employees packed more than 2,000 pounds of food in one hour, which will provide 1,963 meals to families in need. Bell also donated $900 to cover the cost of distributing the food.
And earlier this year, Bell’s marketing team of 15, which has employees in Fargo and Minneapolis, packed 5,300 pounds of food (enough for more than 4,200 meals) in 3 hours.
“It was eye-opening to see the warehouse of donations! Hearing about the companies that regularly send their excess perishable goods and slightly damaged products to the food bank made me feel proud of our community and glad to shop at those stores for my family,” Laura remarks. “Volunteering with my co-workers was fun – although we worked really hard, the time passed quickly. As I filled boxes, I often thought of who the recipient might be and what products they’d be especially happy to receive.”