FARGO, N.D. — Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Great Plains Food Bank was serving one in eight people in North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. But during the pandemic, the food bank’s pantries have seen a 44% increase in need. Mobile pantries have seen a 79% increase.
That increase in need has come at a time of dwindling food donations, which made a big donation on Wednesday, April 29, all the more important.
The truckload of potato products came courtesy of Lamb Weston and RDO Frozen and amounted to 37,000 pounds of potato products like hashbrowns.
“They really stepped up and said, what can we do to help?” Sobolik said.
“There’s not a corner of the state that hasn’t been hit with this, and we are struggling to make sure no one is going hungry at the end of the day,” she said.
Sobolik said the food bank is in need of donations of “anything shelf stable that we can put in a box and get out to people all throughout the state.”