Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will deliver free fresh and boxed items to those in need of food assistance to four North Dakota communities this month.

Truckloads of fresh vegetables, bakery goods and boxed or canned items will be coming to the communities of Lakota, Park River, Grafton and Emerado on March 4.

The Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will be available for anyone in need of food assistance in those communities, and there is no cost.

“Many of our clients live in rural areas and we understand the importance of making fresh and nutritious food readily available,” said Anna Johnson, regional service manager for the Great Plains Food Bank for eastern North Dakota. “Our Mobile Food Pantry brings trucks full of food directly into these communities and gives them a convenient opportunity to get the food they need. One in six in North Dakota struggle with not enough food to eat each day and this program provide them a convenient option.”

The mobile pantry will stops first in Lakota at Lakota Municipal Utilities (303 South Main St.) from 9:30-10:15 a.m., in Park River at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (129 Harris Ave. S) from 12:15-1 p.m., in Grafton at St. John’s Catholic Church (344 West 15th St.) from 2:30-3:15 p.m. and in Emerado at the city hall (201 Main Street) from 5:15-5:45 p.m.

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The Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry was established in 2008, and brings trucks full of fresh food and produce into rural communities struggling with access to food assistance.

In 2020, the Mobile Food Pantry served more than 1 million meals to hungry children, seniors and families at 89 different sites and communities. Find a complete list of Mobile Food Pantry stopsvisit https://www.greatplainsfoodbank.org/get_help/mobile_pantries.html.

For more information on Mobile Food Pantry and Pop-up Perishable Food Program distributions in eastern North Dakota contact Rachel Monge at 701-390-2513 or rmonge@greatplainsfoodbank.org.