Fighting hunger…Feeding hope

The Great Plains Food Bank, along with 172 other charitable organizations from across North Dakota, are partnering with Dakota Medical Foundation for a 24-hour online fundraising event at impactgiveback.org.Published February 7, 2014

The Herald

The Great Plains Food Bank, along with 172 other charitable organizations from across North Dakota, are partnering with Dakota Medical Foundation for a 24-hour online fundraising event at impactgiveback.org. Funds raised will help feed families like Chris and Rachel’s.

Imagine an older minivan broken down on the side of the highway. It’s a familiar sight throughout rural North Dakota. Chris and Rachel are the owners of that minivan and the hardworking parents of three children. This family was forced to leave their vehicle after it stopped running on a blustery winter night in North Dakota.

With three kids to feed, a mortgage to pay and a house to heat, Chris’s first thought was how he might get to work without a functioning vehicle. Rachel did some fancy math so they could pay for the necessary repair to their van, but that meant no funds left for anything else, including groceries.

Most parents would agree that telling their children they won’t be eating supper tonight has to be one of the most difficult conversations to have. Most parents would sacrifice a great many things to ensure their children are fed, including going hungry themselves. Yet, so many of our hardworking neighbors around North Dakota are reluctant to ask for help!

The Great Plains Food Bank reports that in 2012, more than 11,000 children a month relied on food support from one of the Great Plains Food Bank partner agencies.

Hunger among our children can have lifelong and extremely costly consequences. Hungry children suffer physical, emotional and developmental impairment. They are sick and hospitalized more often. Hungry children don’t learn as well at school, which in turn limits their potential and productivity as adults. Adults who experienced hunger as children are often not well prepared mentally, emotionally, physically or socially to perform in today’s work environment.

With such alarming statistics that are very real to one in seven North Dakota children who live with hunger, you have the power and resources to become a Hunger Hero on February 13, 2014! The Great Plains Food Bank, along with 172 other charitable organizations across North Dakota, are partnering with Dakota Medical Foundation for Giving Hearts Day.

Your gift can go even further on Giving Hearts Day. For gifts of $10 or more, made online at impactgiveback.org, up to $21,000 will be matched-making you a true Hunger Hero!

 

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